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4.30.2002

Seniority System Ordinarily Trumps an Accommodation Request Under The Americans With Disabilities Act

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In US. Airways, Inc. v. Barnett, the United States Supreme Court held that an employer is not ordinarily required to violate a seniority system in order to accommodate the request of a disabled employee. Ordinarily, a requested accommodation that is contrary to an employer’s seniority system will be deemed unreasonable. However, the door remains open for an employee to show special circumstances that make an exception to the seniority rule reasonable in a specific case. View full article (PDF).