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1st Circ. ADA Decision Turns On 'Essential Function' Doctrine

Law360 (May 18, 2018, 11:59 AM EDT) -- The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities who can nonetheless perform the “essential functions” of their job. What qualifies as an “essential function” of a particular job? Some cases are clear-cut. Firefighters, for example, must be mobile enough to run into a burning building and save lives. Other cases are murkier. For example, is it an “essential function” for a fast-food restaurant manager to be able to work rotating shifts each week at different times of day?

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