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Wisbey v. City of Lincoln, Neb. (8th Cir. 2010)

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Fitness-for-duty exam does not support a "regarded as disabled" claim.

Ogletree Deakins • July 12, 2010
The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a disabled individual as a person who suffers from a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or has a record of such impairment, or is being regarded as having such impairment. The “regarded as” provision was established to combat erroneous perceptions that might work to the disadvantage of individuals with impairments that might not rise to the level of an actual disability. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld summary judgment in favor of an employer who discharged an individual after that person’s physician found that she was not “fit for duty” as an emergency dispatcher. Wisbey v. City of Lincoln, Nebraska, 8th Circ., No. 09-2100, July 6, 2010. There, the court held that if an action taken by an employer is based upon the recommendation of physicians, then it is not based on myths or stereotypes about impaired individuals, and cannot then establish a violation of the “regarded as” provision of the ADA.

Appeals Court Rejects Claim For Long-Term Intermittent Leave.

Franczek Radelet P.C • July 08, 2010
Managing long-term intermittent leave has long been one of the central problems for employers administering FMLA leave. Particularly problematic is the employee who presents a certification suggesting that he or she will need unscheduled leave with little or no notice to the employer over a period of months or years based upon self-diagnosed, unverifiable symptoms such as pain or fatigue. A recent decision by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals suggests that, at least in some cases, such a leave request need not be granted because the need for frequent, unscheduled, unpredictable leave over an extended period of time can render an employee unqualified for duty.