major life activity

Psychology Any function—e.g., caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning, working
Social medicine Any activity that constitutes economic, intellectual, and functional self-sufficiency—e.g., ability to maintain a job, learning, mobility, self-direction

major life activity

Social medicine Any activity that constitutes economic, intellectual, and functional self-sufficiency–eg, ability to maintain a job, learning, mobility, self-direction. See Activities of daily living.
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Someone with a "physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity," including walking, talking, seeing, hearing, breathing, reasoning, or taking care of oneself.
the plaintiff filed suit against his employer claiming disability discrimination on the basis of the plaintiff's severe obesity, which allegedly limited him in the major life activity of walking.
Lupo's] physical injury was an actual disability from her surgery which limited the major life activity of working when such work required a wig to be worn," court papers said.
15, 2011, the appellate court sided with the company and ruled that because the driver was able to handle long-haul trucking, he was "not substantially limited in the major life activity of working.
In particular, the amendments modify the definition of "disability" to more broadly encompass physical and mental impairments that substantially limit a major life activity.
The final regulations specifically provide that the primary object of attention in cases brought under the ADA should be whether covered entities have complied with their obligations and whether discrimination has occurred, not whether an individual's impairment substantially limits a major life activity.
If an activity as common and widespread as driving could be interpreted by every circuit addressing the issue as an activity that does not rise to the level of a major life activity, how "central" must such activities be?
29 "because of his disability or because it regarded him as having a disability that substantially limited him in performing a major life activity," the suit says.
Second, Levi and Klein note that even if a transgender individual is not presently experiencing a substantial limitation on a major life activity, the second prong of the "disability" definition, having a record of an impairment, allows for the possibility of a future limitation.
8) The Court held that the key terms of the definition, including major life activity and substantial limitation, should be interpreted narrowly.
In an important reference, the EEOC states that "demonstrating a substantial limitation in performing the unique aspects of a single, specific job is not sufficient to establish that a person is substantially limited in a major life activity of working.

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