Obesity interpreted as disability under ADA

Over the past decades, obesity has become a rapidly-growing problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30% of this country’s adults are considered obese.

People who are coping with obesity have difficulty with everyday tasks that everyone else takes for granted. Something as simple as walking a short distance can become an arduous task for someone suffering from obesity. Recently, there has been an increased push to recognize obesity as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Under this law, employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for people who have disabilities. Accommodations can be as simple as a closer parking spot.

If you are living with obesity and feel as though you are being discriminated against at work because of your disability, contact the long-term disability attorneys of Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.


Linton holds Americans with Disabilities Act Seminar

Last week, the city of Linton held a seminar to discuss ways in which the city could better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In order to better understand the citizen’s concerns, organizers had the meeting’s 50 attendees complete a short survey. Sidewalks were the dominant topic of discussion. The sidewalks in Linton are said to be difficult for even people without any physical challenges. In some places, the sidewalks are broken and uneven.

The survey will be used to help coordinate ADA compliance efforts throughout the state.

If you or someone you know is disabled but is not receiving much-needed disability benefits, the Indiana long-term disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, can help. Contact us at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about how we can serve you.