2002 Cases

Arbitration of Employment Disputes

EEOC v. WAFFLE HOUSE, INC. (99-1823) 193 F.3d 805

Question before the Court:
  1. Whether an agreement between an employer and an employee to arbitrate employment-related disputes bars the EEOC from pursuing victim-specific judicial relief under the ADA.

Definition of Disability

TOYOTA MOTOR MFG., KY, INC. v. WILLIAMS (00-1089) 224 F.3d 840

Question before the Court:
  1. What is the proper standard for determining whether an individual is substantially limited in performing manual tasks.

Direct Threat

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC. v. ECHAZABAL (00-1406) 226 F.3d 1063

Question before the Court:
  1. Whether the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 permits a regulation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which authorizes refusal to hire an individual because his performance on the job would endanger his own health, owing to a disability (direct threat to self).

Punitive and Compensatory Damages

BARNES v. GORMAN (01-682) 257 F.3d 738

Question before the Court:
  1. Whether punitive damages may be awarded in a private cause of action brought under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Reasonable Accommodation

US AIRWAYS, INC. v. BARNETT (00-1250) 228 F.3d 1105

Questions before the Court:
  1. How the ADA resolves a potential conflict between the interests of a disabled worker who seeks assignment to a particular position as a "reasonable accommodation" and the interests of other workers with superior rights to bid for the job under an employer's seniority system.
  2. Does the accommodation demand trump the seniority system?

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Wed Jul 3, 2013