'Working' with the ADA's 'Regarded as' Definition of a Disability
5 Texas Forum on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 27 (2002)
54 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 2, 2000
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination against - and mandates accommodations for - individuals with disabilities. As a threshold matter, the ADA requires that plaintiffs demonstrate the existence of a disability; that is, having an actual disability or being "regarded as" having a disability. This article discusses the threshold "regarded as" showing especially in regards to proving a "regarded as" impairment in the context of being substantially limited in the ability to work.
Keywords: Disability, ADA, Employment, Discrimination
JEL Classification: K19
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