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Georgia Workers Helped by Broadened Definition of Disabled

Effective January 1, 2009, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) was amended to broaden the number of workers who are protected by the ADA. Under the ADA, workers are “disabled” if they suffer from (1) an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) possess a record of such impairment; or (3) are regarded as having such an impairment.

While this definition has not changed, the amendment instructs the Courts to take a broader construction of this definition, which, in turn, should include more American workers who suffers from impairments. In addition, the amendment instructs the Courts to broaden the definition of “major life activity,” which, once again, should result in more Americans who suffer from significant impairments being protected under the ADA.

The amendments seem to be coordinated to broaden the number of workers covered by the ADA. A welcome relief in these trying economic times. Georgia workers should benefit from this relief, as every Georgia worker is entitled to safe and humane working conditions.

Robert J. Fleming, P.C. is dedicated to protecting the rights of Georgia workers who have been killed or seriously injured on the job. If you or a family member have been killed or seriously injured, call us today at (404) 923-7497 for a free initial consultation. We are here to help.