If your temporary impairment is bad enough, it can be considered a disability.

Summers v. Altarum Institute, Corporation, No. 12-1645 (4th Cir. Jan. 23, 2014). Carl Summers’ job at Altarum Institute required that he travel to Maryland to serve one of Altarum’s clients. The client, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (“DCoE”), preferred that contractors work on site, but allowed them to […]

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If you get fired because your health goes bad and you have to file for bankruptcy, you can still sue your employer over the firing. (Well, maybe.) But it doesn’t mean you’re going to win.

The ADA performs a number of laudatory functions, not the least of which is to protect disabled individuals from insidious discrimination by requiring employers to reasonably accommodate their disability. The law, however, cannot remedy every misfortune. It can only correct that which it prescribes to correct. Wilson v. Dollar General Corporation, ___ F.3d ___, 2013 […]

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You can treat pregnant employees badly, so long as you treat all your employees badly.

Young v. UPS, ___ F.3d ____, No. 11-2078 (4th Cir. Jan. 9, 2013). Peggy Young began working at UPS in 1999. From 2006 until the end of her employment with UPS, she worked as a part-time, early morning driver. In July of 2006, Young requested and received a leave of absence so that she could undergo in […]

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