Answer: Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers must provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities, unless it would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
These animals are called “emotional support animals” and are not covered under the ADA.
Do employers have to allow service dogs?
Under the employment discrimination sections of the ADA, an employer may simply be required to allow an employee to use a service dog at work as a reasonable accommodation for the employee’s disability.
Can an emotional support dog go anywhere?
Americans With Disabilities cites that emotional support dogs or animals do not have the training to do specific tasks in assisting a person with disability or impairment, unlike service animals. Hence, the pets may not be allowed to accompany their owner in public places ie. restaurants, stores, hotels.
What are the laws for emotional support animals?
Overview of the ESA Laws
There are two areas where Emotional Support Animals are covered under Federal ESA Law. The Fair Housing Act allows you to LEGALLY live in rented apartments/condos with your emotional support animal. The first area is that ESA’s are allowed into “no pets” policy housing.
Is it illegal to ask for proof of a service dog?
A public accommodation or facility is not allowed to ask for documentation or proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal. Entities cannot require anything of people with service animals that they do not require of individuals in general, with or without pets.
Can you get a service dog for anxiety?
Animal lovers who suffer from anxiety often have the question of whether they would be eligible to have a service dog for anxiety. The answer is yes; you can absolutely get a service dog for a mental illness, including anxiety.