Court Rules Against Debilitated Employee in Disabilities Case
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 4:00 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Disabled people cannot demand jobs that
threaten their lives or health, the Supreme Court said Monday
victory for employers who argued they could be forced to hire
would turn around and sue over workplace injuries.
The unanimous decision makes it clear that employers can turn
people who want a job even if they would be risking their
lives to do
it. The ruling also makes it easier to fire disabled people
have jobs that put their health in jeopardy.
``If Typhoid Mary had come under the ADA, would a meat packer
defenseless if Mary had sued after being turned away?''
Justice David H.
Souter asked rhetorically in his opinion for the court.
The justices reversed a lower court ruling in favor of
sent the case back for further review.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission struck the right
between protections for workers and employers when it wrote
that applied in Echazabal's case, the court said.
ADA requires employers to accommodate qualified disabled
workers, but makes an exception for those who may be a threat
to the safety or health of others on the job...
``The United States Supreme Court today once again
fundamental hostility to disability rights in the workplace,''
Andrew J. Imparato, president of the American Association of
George Crisci, a Cleveland labor and employment lawyer,
more Supreme Court cases to refine what accommodations
``There's more work to be done,'' Crisci said.
The case is Chevron v. Echazabal, 01-1406.