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Asthmatic Residence Inn Housekeeping Worker Advances Bias Suit

June 23, 2022, 6:18 PM

The owner of a Residence Inn by Marriott in Missouri must face a housekeeping supervisor’s disability bias lawsuit alleging it rejected her request to work on “lighter days” as an accommodation for her asthma, a St. Louis federal judge ruled.

Ini Watson’s amended complaint includes enough detail to state a plausible failure-to-accommodate claim, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri said. The denial of an accommodation can be the adverse action needed to prove discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the court said.

Watson didn’t contend that the accommodation denial was the adverse job action underlying ...