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Mail Carrier’s Heavy-Lifting Limit Undercut Disability Bias Suit

Nov. 23, 2020, 8:45 PM

A mail carrier with a bad foot failed to show the U.S. Postal Service unreasonably denied him accommodation because his disability left him unable to meet the position’s lifting requirement and there was no light duty available for him to work, the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday.

Jose Vargas’ job at the USPS’s Romeoville, Ill., office required him to carry up to 35 pounds in his mail bag and to shuttle equipment and mail weighing up to 75 pounds between the Romeoville location and a satellite office, the court said. His doctor placed him on a 15-pound lifting restriction when his...

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