11th Circ. Backs Massage Envy In EEOC Suit Over Ebola Risk

Law360 (September 13, 2019, 3:26 PM EDT) -- Massage Envy didn't violate federal discrimination law when it fired a massage therapist because she planned a trip to Africa and could have contracted Ebola, the Eleventh Circuit has ruled, saying the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn't protect workers with potential future disabilities.

A three-judge panel on Thursday affirmed a Florida district court's ruling in favor of STME LLC in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming the company, which does business as Massage Envy, violated the ADA by firing Kimberly Lowe because it regarded her as disabled upon learning about her trip to Ghana.

Because Massage Envy didn't actually...

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