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Driving isn’t a major life activity

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

After Charlotte Chenoweth was diagnosed with epilepsy, her doctor ordered her not to drive until it was under control. Because her nursing job involved driving to different sites to review files, she asked to work at home two days a week and have a variable schedule on the other days to accommodate her transportation needs. Her employer agreed only to eliminate driving between sites. When she filed suit, the appeals court decided she wasn't protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act because driving isn't a major life activity. In Chenoweth's case, inability to drive didn't even substantially limit her ability to work. (Chenoweth v. Hillsborough County, No. 00-10691, 11th Cir., 2001)

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