Employment Disability Class Actions Post-ADAAA

Law360, New York (August 10, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT) -- On March 24, 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations interpreting the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. Prior to enactment of the ADAAA, several U.S. Supreme Court decisions narrowly interpreted the definition of “disabled” as used in the Americans with Disabilities Act, and therefore, limited the scope of protection afforded by the act.

The ADAAA and the EEOC’s new regulations rejected these decisions to the extent they created a demanding standard for qualifying as “disabled” and, by their own language, “reinstat[ed] a broad scope...
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