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Payroll Worker Fails to Show Fragrance Allergy Was Disability

May 29, 2020, 8:36 PM

An accounts payable clerk can’t pursue her claim she was denied accommodation for her severe sensitivity to perfume and other workplace fragrances because she failed to show she was disabled under federal job bias law, the Middle District of Tennessee ruled.

Not every medical impairment qualifies as a protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the court said Thursday. This is still true under 2008 amendments that greatly expanded the ADA’s reach, it said.

A worker instead must show an impairment substantially limited the performance of a major life activity as compared to the general population, the U.S. District...

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