Impact of the Supreme Court's ADA Decisions

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


When Congress passed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, it repudiated two of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ADA decisions. (Sutton and Williams) But what about the other ADA cases decided by the Supreme Court? These cases involved important issues including reasonable accommodation and seniority systems, the definition of employee and employer, pretext, the impact of qualifying for Social Security benefits, and direct threat. What impact have these cases had? This session will provide an in-depth review of lower court interpretations of the major Supreme Court ADA decisions that were not covered by the ADA Amendments Act and provide guidance for interpreting those issues in the future.


Alan Goldstein, Senior Attorney, Equip for Equality (EFE), the Illinois Protection and Advocacy Agency

Barry Taylor, VP for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation, Equip for Equality