House Votes To Expand Rights For Disabled Workers

Law360 (June 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- After months of negotiations between business and civil rights advocacy groups, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday that may result in more disability discrimination lawsuits against employers.

Approved in a 402-17 vote, the ADA Amendments Act amends the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 by broadening the definition of disability to include more people with physical and mental impairments.

Under the act, "mitigating measures" such as medications, artificial limbs and hearing aids will not be considered when determining whether a person is disabled....
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