I have been working remotely since mid March, when everything shut down. I work for the government and need to be in the office for 2 days per month for my job. The other days, I can fully do my position from home. There are not many who stop by and require my services, the majority call or email.
When things started to open back up a bit, upper management decided to say that the building would be closed to the public until the end of July, at which time we'd go to a limited work schedule (no more than working 9a-3p each day). I was in the building for my first required day of the month on July 8th, when I realized people were just walking into the building. Upper management had decided to open the building to the public on July 6th, but had never communicated it to anyone who worked there. I was shocked because I have to arrive early to do my job and various rooms were unlocked that should have been locked, but I didn't think much of it since the building was supposed to be inaccessible to anyone but staff. That, directly, put me in a potentially harmful situation, since we're at at maximum 50% occupancy and most of the other offices aren't located in the areas where I'm having to be.
Starting in August, they were wanting staff to be there 2 full days per week. I'm high risk due to a pre-existing medical condition and live with high-risk others, yet they were wanting me to sit at our front reception area to speak with everyone who happened to come into the building. Twice, while I was working one of my days, I had someone come in with a mask on, to only take it off to speak to me. My attempts to get them to place their mask back on were not heeded and they eventually received the answer they were looking for and left. I have spoken with my physician, who states that, even if I'm masked, the fact they aren't puts me in a higher risk zone. I asked my manager for accommodation, who stated that the 2 day per week request wasn't unreasonable and they had purchased a bell for people to ring, so we wouldn't need to sit at the front. As my workplace computer was what I took home to be able to continue working, I can only work at that front desk. I took my issue to HR and they have begun an ADA discussion with me.
Just today, we were notified that the upper management is going to recommend closing the building to public access and people would need to call the department they need to do business with to be allowed into the building. I feel like this in direct response to my request for accommodation, but don't see the reasoning behind why we would need to sit there in the event someone calls. However, school is scheduled to start this Thursday and, I feel, it's a direct link to the fact that I also have a child that will be starting 1st grade and I'm the one who has to drop her off (no earlier than 8:30) and pick her up (no later than 4:00) each day while they're in school. I was already told that, if I'm scheduled to work a day, it must be a full day and they can't allow me to come in later than 8a because I'd then be tardy.
Mind you, I'm the manager/administrator of my department. I have been here for almost 8 years and, to my knowledge, have no write-ups in any fashion for not being a diligent and effective worker.
Am I wrong in thinking that management is being disrespectful or singling out those who have families? Am I wrong in thinking the update to close the building is in direct relation to my request for accommodation? I inquired about the duration of this closure and was met with an "I don't have an answer to that" response and feel that it'll just end up getting open up without notice again.
Beyond contacting a labor attorney, do any of you have suggestions on what I could do?