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Pacific ADA Center (Region 9)

The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

Court Rules That a Temporary Impairment Can Qualify as a “Disability” Under the ADA

June 2, 2022

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employee’s temporary impairment can qualify as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The Ninth Circuit’s decision covers an important question under federal disability law and could lead to a big change in how employers are required to deal with employees’ short-term medical limitations. It is clear from the Court's opinion that employers can't just dismiss an employee’s request for an accommodation simply because the impairment is temporary.

For more information, see the article "Ninth Circuit Rules That a Temporary Impairment Can Qualify as a “Disability” Under the ADA".

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