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ADA Amendment Act of 2008 signed into law – This is a big deal folks
The Tightrope kills almost all ADA employment cases. For many years, due to court decisions, few workers could qualify as “disabled”. (With some exceptions) Only those few who could walk the tightrope were disabled.
Here’s what “the tightrope” refers to: To be protected by the ADA at work, you have to be very very limited, despite your medicines, leg braces, or other helpful measures, and yet you have to still be able to do the job. The more limited you are, then the less likely it is that you can do the job (and therefore you are not covered by the law) — The more able you are, then you are probably not disabled enough to be covered by the law. So, those who are covered are those who can walk the tightrope – they are sufficiently disabled, yet they can still do the job. Few people can walk the tightrope.
Here’s a portion of the Bill Summary describing the most important employment-related changes in S. 3406 —
ADA Amendments Act of 2008 –
Section 4 –
Amends the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) to redefine the term “disability,” including by defining “major life activities” and “being regarded as having such an impairment.”
Sets forth rules of construction regarding the definition of “disability,” including that: (1) such term shall be construed in favor of broad coverage of individuals under the Act; (2) an impairment that substantially limits one major life activity need not limit other major life activities in order to be a disability; (3) an impairment that is episodic or in remission is a disability if it would substantially limit a major life activity when active; and (4) the determination of whether an impairment substantially limits a major life activity shall be made without regard to the ameliorative effects of specified mitigating measures.
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