Is the Americans with Disabilities Act driving you crazy? Take heart. Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have considerably narrowed the ADA's coverage, specifically regarding disabilities such as hearing and vision problems, high blood pressure, and diabetes, all of which can be alleviated by proper treatment. According to lawyer Andrew J. Sherman of Katten Muchin & Zavis, in Washington, D.C., the recent rulings raise the standard on what constitutes a genuine disability. "This forces the question, 'Is there a readily available solution to mitigate the alleged disability?' " he says. "If the answer is yes, then the disability probably isn't protected."
Oct 1, 1999