Are migraine headaches disabilities under the ADA?

-headache-ThinkstockPhotos-100615844.jpgThe ADA does not contain a list of medical conditions that constitute disabilities. Instead, the ADA has a general definition of disability that each person must meet (EEOC Regulations . . ., 2011). Therefore, some people with migraine headaches will have a disability under the ADA and some will not.

A person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having an impairment (EEOC Regulations . . . , 2011). For more information about how to determine whether a person has a disability under the ADA, visit http://AskJAN.org/corner/vol05iss04.htm.


The above is an excerpt from the article, “Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Migraine Headaches.” For more information please visitwww.askjan.org.

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