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Second Circuit Reinforces Rights of Workers with Disabilities

The Second Circuit recently reaffirmed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). As a general rule, individuals with disabilities are entitled to “reasonable accommodations” so long as they can perform the “essential functions” of their job. For example, if someone who is blind is a great computer programmer — and can do all [...]

People With Psychiatric Disabilities Are Entitled to Reasonable Workplace Accommodations

In 2008, Congress amended the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to overturn a series of U.S. Supreme Court cases that set an exceedingly high bar for people with physical and mental impairments to prove that they had a “disability” protected from discrimination. By amending the ADA, Congress directed the courts to focus less on whether [...]