4th Circ. Says Expanded ADA Covers Temporary Impairments
By Abigail Rubenstein
Law360, New York (January 23, 2014, 6:28 PM ET) -- The Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday that 2008 amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act extended protections to people with severe temporary impairments, reviving a wrongful-discharge claim brought by a worker fired in the wake of an injury that left him unable to walk for months.
The appeals court reversed a Virginia federal court ruling that dismissed Carl Summers wrongful discharge claim against his former employer Altarum Institute Corp. on the grounds that he did not have a disability under the law because his injuries only temporarily...