Diabetes and the ADA
Abstract: The question before the court was whether an employee’s Type II diabetes interfered with the major life activity of eating, qualifying her as disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This article discusses why the court held that a trial was necessary to establish the facts. A sidebar to this article discusses why the Sixth Circuit held that diabetes wasn’t a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the case of a plaintiff who failed to prove that he was substantially limited in the major life activities of seeing and caring for himself. Robbins v. WXIX Raycom Media, S.D. Ohio, No. 1:06cv278, 3/5/08. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. v. Williams, 534 U.S. 184 (2002). McPherson v. Federal Express Corp., No. 03-2006B, 2005 WL 3008648 (W.D. Tenn. Nov. 8, 2005).