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Insult to Injury?

Is the Supreme Court letting some of the air out of the ADA?

By Chris Penttila

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When Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA),it left a lot open to interpretation. And interpret it is just whatthe Supreme Court has done.

The court handed down four decisions regarding the ADA thisyear. Two rulings-Barnes v. Gorman and U.S. Airways v.Barnett-apply to state and local governments and unionizedemployers, respectively. In Toyota v. Williams, the court furtherdefined disability by finding that an individual seeking ADAcoverage-in this case, for carpal tunnel syndrome-must show theimpairment substantially limits everyday activities. In Chevron v.Eschazbal, the court ruled that a company may refuse to hire aperson with a disability if the job could worsen the condition.

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