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Stansberry v. Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. (July 6, 2011)

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Non-impaired employee may be able to bring a claim under the ADA's "associational disability" provision.

Ogletree Deakins • July 25, 2011
In an issue of first impression for the court, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of an individual’s claim under the “associational discrimination” provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Stansberry v. Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp., 6th Cir., No. 09-2499, July 6, 2011. In that case, an employee claimed that he was fired from his position shortly after his wife’s medical condition - of which the company had been aware for years - worsened, leading him to believe that her condition was the basis of his termination.