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Rarely Performed Job Function Nevertheless 'Essential' under ADA , Federal Appeals Court Rules

January 30, 2013
Source: Lexology

The Court affirmed summary judgment for the employer, a correctional facility with safety concerns, which argued the function of performing physical restraints, even though not frequently performed, is an “essential job requirement” under the ADA. The employer also was not required to convert a temporary light duty position into a permanent job for a disabled correctional officer, it added.

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