Disability as a moving target – AIDS – possible limits to scope of file under Americans with Disabilities Act for AIDS patients – Brief Article
A January 8 Supreme Court decision limiting the scope of file Americans With Disabilities Act could make the workplace a tougher place for people with HIV.
In the case, which involved a former assembly-line worker with carpal tunnel syndrome, the court ruled that “merely having an impairment does not make one disabled for the purposes of the ADA.”
This may limit the ability of people with HIV to seek ADA assistance–either for protection from discrimination or for workplace accommodations, according to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.
“The court is leaning toward a definition of disability that is not only a moving target but also a very small one,” Lambda’s Catherine Hanssens said. “It’s getting harder for people with HIV to hit that mark.”
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