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Blind Hospital Worker Loses Transportation Accommodation Suit

April 8, 2021, 4:25 PM

A Colorado hospital won a legally blind employee’s suit alleging it discriminated against her by failing to allow her to work a flexible schedule to accommodate her transportation needs, because the law doesn’t require an accommodation in this situation, a federal appeals court said.

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act don’t require employers to accommodate employees’ “non-work related barriers created by personal lifestyle choices,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit said Thursday.

It affirmed a judgment for Colorado Plains Medical Center reached by a federal district court after a three-day bench trial....

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