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Case: Disability Discrimination/Reasonable Accommodation (S.D. Tex.)

March 25, 2020, 8:52 PM

The Union Pacific Railroad Co. must face trial on disability discrimination claims brought by a former train conductor who says the railroad discriminated against him by deeming him a direct threat and barring him from returning to work following a suicide attempt. The conductor’s history of severe depression and a suicide attempt doesn’t inherently make him a direct threat to himself or others, and sufficient evidence exists for a jury to find that Union Pacific’s determination wasn’t objectively reasonable, given that his treating psychiatrist, who has special suicide-risk training, opined that the conductor could return to work without restrictions, the...

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