ADA Did Not Cover Worker at Risk of Contracting Ebola



​The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not protect people against whom an adverse employment action is taken because of speculation concerning a potential disability such as the Ebola virus, according to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. So an employer was entitled to dismissal of the disability-discrimination claims of the plaintiffs—the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a massage therapist.

The massage therapist requested time off from work to visit her sister in Ghana. Her manager initially approved this request, but one of the employer’s owners later informed the employee that she would be fired if she proceeded with her travel plans. The stated reason for this adverse action was the owner’s belief that the…





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Credit to W. Kevin Smith and Jacob W. Crouse for the original post.

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