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    SCOTUS to hear two ADA cases

     

    Legal Update

    SCOTUS to hear two ADA cases

    By Janet Gemignani, News Editor

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases appealed by employers over the scope of protection afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act. In Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky v. Williams, the High Court will determine whether carpal tunnel syndrome, a repetitive motion injury, meets the law's definition of disability because a worker's ability to perform manual tasks is substantially limited. The second case, US Airways v. Barnett, will address whether accommodations for workers with disabilities should override a "valid seniority system." The cases will be the first major test of what disabilities are covered by the ADA since the High Court ruled two years ago that most correctable conditions, such as eyesight that can be improved by lenses, are not considered disabilities under the ADA.

     



    Janet Gemignani. SCOTUS to hear two ADA cases. Business and Health 2001;5:14.