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Unformatted text preview: became disabled. He transferred to a less physically demanding job in the mailroom, but when his new job became open to “employee bidding” under the company’s seniority system and other employees senior to him planned to bid on his job, he requested “accommodation.” He wanted to keep his job without allowing senior employees to get it from him by bidding on it. When U.S. Airways refused this accommodation, Barnett sued. ISSUE: Was this requested accommodation “reasonable” under the Americans With Disabilities Act? DECISION: No. REASONS: 1. Seniority systems provide important employee benefits of fair, uniform treatment. 2. To require the employer to show more than the existence of a seniority system might undermine employee expectations of such treatment. 3. The plaintiff remains free to show that employees did not expect such treatment under this particular plan and thus the requested accommodation would be reasonable. Case 20-2...
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