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The latest ADA disability-rights claim: I’m allergic to the Internet!

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The ADA requires employers to accommodate the disabilities of their employees and customers. We thought we’d heard about every kind of potential disability—until this one.

A group of residents in Santa Fe, N.M., are arguing that the city is violating the ADA by limiting access to certain public buildings. Why? The residents claim they’re “allergic” to the wireless signal from the building’s WiFi Internet system. They want WiFi banned in public buildings.

Some courts have given the green light to chemical sensitivity cases involving perfume or other chemicals. But no courts have yet to consider so-called “electro-sensitivity” to be a legitimate ADA disability.

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