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Fear of snakes doesn’t qualify as a disability

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After a hospital switchboard operator heard that a snake had been seen in her workplace, she became hysterical and took leave for several months. When she returned, she was transferred to a lower-paying job in another building. She sued, saying her fear of snakes was a disability. The court threw the case out, saying her snake phobia wasn't a disability because it only prevented her from returning as a switchboard operator, not from performing other jobs. (Anderson v. North Dakota State Hospital, 8th Cir., No. 99-33505, 2000)

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