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Anti-Discrimination Laws Lead to Forced Association

Decided
Wed, 01/22/2014

Smothers v. Solvay Chemicals, Inc.: Steven Smothers sued Solvay Chemical, Inc. for alleged discrimination and violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by firing him on the basis of his medical disability and resulting absences from work. The District Court ruled in favor of Solvay on Smothers’ FMLA and ADA claims and on his state law claim for breach of implied contract.

Decision

The Tenth Circuit reversed on the FMLA and ADA claims, and affirmed on the contract claim.

Read the full decision here