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Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority

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Obesity Alone Is Not a Disability Under ADA

Phelps Dunbar LLP • July 16, 2019
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held obesity alone is not a protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in its ruling in Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority. The Seventh Circuit’s decision is consistent with holdings by the Second, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits.

Employee's Obesity Was Not ADA-Protected Disability, 7th Circuit Rules

XpertHR • July 03, 2019
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not protect an obese bus driver whose employer refused to let him return to work, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. In Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority, the appellate court held that obesity is an ADA impairment only if it is the result of an underlying "physiological disorder or condition."

Federal Appeals Court Says Extreme Obesity Alone Is Not Enough For ADA Coverage

Fisher Phillips • June 17, 2019
A federal Court of Appeals just ruled that extreme obesity not caused by an underlying physiological disorder or condition does not qualify as an impairment under the ADA. Under the 7th Circuit’s June 12 ruling, proof that extreme obesity was caused by an underlying physiological disorder or condition is necessary to implicate coverage under the Americans with Disabilities Act. What can employers take from the Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority decision?