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US Airways v. Barnett and the Limits of Disability Accommodation


Samuel R. Bagenstos


University of Michigan Law School


CIVIL RIGHTS STORIES, Myriam Gilles & Risa Goluboff, eds., 2007
Washington U. School of Law Working Paper No. 07-01-02

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This essay, to be published in Civil Rights Stories (Myriam Gilles & Risa Goluboff, eds., forthcoming 2007), tells the story of US Airways v. Barnett. Barnett, which involved an employee's request that his employer modify its seniority system as a disability accommodation, the Supreme Court confronted for the first time the Americans with Disabilities Act's requirement of reasonable accommodation in employment. Barnett ultimately offers a window into three of the most important issues to understand about the ADA's accommodation requirement: the requirement's relationship to more traditional antidiscrimination mandates; its seemingly zero-sum nature; and the limits of its usefulness in a world of reduced job security for everyone.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: Disability, Employment, Accommodation

JEL Classification: J70

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Date posted: December 27, 2006  

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Bagenstos, Samuel R., US Airways v. Barnett and the Limits of Disability Accommodation. CIVIL RIGHTS STORIES, Myriam Gilles & Risa Goluboff, eds., 2007; Washington U. School of Law Working Paper No. 07-01-02. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=953759

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