Hrm 593 - Week 5

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Would you deem Katrina disabled under the ADAAA? If so, what reasonable accommodations would you offer to her? Yes, I would deem Katrina disabled. Obesity qualifying as a disability is a confusing issue. “Morbid obesity, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as being 100 pounds over the normal weight for one’s frame, may be considered a disability under the ADA. In addition, obesity may lead to a condition resulting in a disability (Bennett-Alexander, 2012).” Those considered mildly obese are not impaired; however, “related medical conditions may be considered impairments within the meaning of the ADA (Bennett-Alexander, 2012).” The fact that Katrina did not specifically state exactly how overweight she is doesn’t matter. She is suffering from other related medical conditions that are causing impairments. The ADA defined disability as “(a) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual; (b) a record of having such impairment; or (c) being regarded as having such an impairment. Disability is determined, not on the basis of the name or diagnosis of the employee’s impairment but, instead, on the basis of the effect the impairment has on the disabled person’s life (Bennett-Alexander, 2012).” There is no by-name list that states what is or isn’t considered a disability. Each determination is done on a case-by-case basis. An impairment is “any physiological disorder or condition…affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs; respiratory, including speech organs; cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive; genitourinary; hemic and lymphatic; skin; and endocrine; or any mental or psychological disorder that substantially limits one of life’s major activities (Bennett-Alexander, 2012).” One of Katrina’s

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