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Is COVID-19 a Disability Under the Law?

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Is COVID19 Considered a Disability

The short answer is: no, COVID-19 is not a disability under the law, but the nuts and bolts of the inquiry are often far more complex.  Indeed, this has also been the case with past influenza pandemics.  Generally, for a medical condition to be considered a legal disability, it cannot be a temporary, nonchronic condition of short duration with little potential long-term impact.  Rather, a disability that is protected under the law is generally a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, concentrating, hearing, or sleeping. 

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New York Employment Law - What is the ADA and How Does It Affect You?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a law passed to protect the rights of people with disabilities. Part of the law covers discrimination in the workplace. The law ensures that if a disabled person is otherwise qualified to perform a job, an employer with 15 or more employees is legally obligated to make a reasonable accommodation for that employee.

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