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Abstract

This Note will analyze the language of the United Airlines II decision, in light of Barnett, Seventh Circuit precedents regarding the reasonable accommodation of reassignment, and cases from other circuits that the Seventh Circuit cited in relevant part in its United Airlines II decision. Part I will provide an introduction to the relevant provisions of the ADA. Part II will summarize relevant portions of a series of cases predating United Airlines II that deal with the concept of reassignment as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. These cases are discussed in considerable detail in order to highlight in Part III the significance of United Airlines II—particularly for employee-plaintiffs trying to argue that ADA reassignment should ordinarily trump various employment policies.

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