Rotating Shifts Can Be Essential Job Function, 8th Circ. Says

Law360, New York (September 4, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT) -- The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that rotating shifts can be an essential function of a job and affirmed the dismissal of an Alliant Energy Corporate Services Inc. worker's suit alleging the company hadn't made reasonable accommodations for her diabetes.

The appeals court affirmed an Iowa federal court's grant of summary judgment to Alliant in a suit brought by Terri Kallail, whose Type I diabetes prevented her from working the rotating shifts required by her position as a resource coordinator at Alliant's Distribution Dispatch Center in...
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