Case Study: BNSF Railway V. Feit

Law360, New York (September 10, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT) -- The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act did not change the definition of impairment, but it may have changed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s view on whether obesity is an impairment.

The EEOC definition of “impairment,” is “[a]ny physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more systems, such as neurological, musculoskeletal, spatial sense organs, respiratory (including speech organs), cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, immune, circulatory, hermetic, lymphatic, skin, and endocrine.”

The EEOC interpretive guidance specifically excludes from the definition of impairment and physical...
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