If you need a reasonable accommodation to continue completing your job, your employer has an obligation to discuss it with you and do their best to provide one.
However, your employer has no obligation to provide the specific accommodation you request, only one that will meet your needs and your employer’s needs without causing an undue burden. For example, if you have an underlying condition that makes you more susceptible to the virus, you can request teleworking as a reasonable accommodation. However, if you cannot complete all of your tasks from home, or your employer offers a different accommodation that allows you to safely complete your job, they do not have to allow you to work from home.
Keep in mind that as the situation continues to evolve, there will be new guidance from the EEOC. Additionally, depending on your state, there may be local laws that provide additional protections for employees. If you have a different question, or you would like further guidance on best practices during the pandemic, contact us.