Rehabilitation Act Covers Contractor Claims: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (November 20, 2009, 3:48 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that the federal Rehabilitation Act covers discrimination claims brought by an independent contractor, siding against a medical center that allegedly failed to accommodate an anesthesiologist with sickle cell anemia.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday reversed a lower court's summary judgment grant in favor of Yuma Regional Medical Center after finding that Dr. Lester Fleming, an independent contractor, was in fact protected by the statute.

The case dates...
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