Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Courts Broadens ADA
The US ADA law isn't just about making it possible for someone with disabilities to do their job, it's about the entire employment experience. At least that's what lawyers who specialize in that area of law are saying following a ruling by the 5th Circuit. A Louisiana state official sued for not being provided a parking space that would accommodate a disability related to her knee. While the trial court dismissed the case, basically saying the parking space didn't have to do with the primary part of her job, the Appeals court said that fact didn't matter. While the decision does apply across the country, legal experts will be watching to see of other courts join the 5th Circuit in pushing accommodations to include areas that seem indirectly related to someone's ability to do their job.