Though I'm no attorney, employment law is pretty clear on this issue: as
an employer, you must make all employees aware of hazards and make
recommendations, but you cannot discriminate. For example, an auto-parts
manufacturer prohibited pregnant workers from working with lead,
re-assigning them (at same pay, etc.). An employee filed a
discrimination suit, and won. Bottom line - the employer, in what
appears to be a good-faith effort to do the responsible thing, was
penalized. So my take on this issue is, in addition to making employees
aware of hazards, you can make accommodations at the request of the
employee, but you cannot force them to change duties without danger of a
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