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Extreme Obesity Covered by the ADA? Not According to the 7th Circuit


Failure to show underlying condition led to ADA dismissal

In Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority the U.S. Court of Appeals the 7th Circuit decided that an extremely obese bus driver was not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).  A former Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus operator alleged that adverse action was taken against him because of his extreme obesity in violation of the ADA.  The district court disagreed saying that “extreme obesity only qualifies as a disorder under the ADA if it is caused by an underlying physiological disorder or condition.”  The CTA was granted motion for summary judgment because the plaintiff failed to show any evidence of a physiological disorder or condition.

The Appeals court affirmed the lower court’s opinion.  

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