Archive | July, 2016

Science and Law: Bragdon v. Abbott: How does HIV fit into disability law?

July 13, 2016

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BRAGDON v. ABBOTT 524 U.S. 624 (1998) In the previous post, we discussed how the Rehabilitation Act prevented a woman with tuberculosis from being fired without proper risk evaluation thanks to the act’s protections of handicapped persons. This decision helped set a precedent for a later case in 1998, 8 years after the passage of […]

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Science and Law: School Board of Nassau County v. Arline: Do people with a contagious disease qualify for disability protection?

July 11, 2016


SCHOOL BOARD OF NASSAU COUNTY v. ARLINE 480 U.S. 273 (1987) The case of Gene Arline and the Nassau County School Board represents an important part of case law regarding the way our society defines disability and what factors employers are allowed to consider when hiring new employees. Case Background In 1987, the Supreme Court […]

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