11th Circuit Stuns Police Department in Reversal of Taser Termination

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Recently, a panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia—reversed an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) discrimination matter and sent it back for further proceedings to the district court that had dismissed it before trial.

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The 11th Circuit’s language made it patently clear that it was displeased with a police department’s handling of what otherwise appeared to be a reasonable accommodation request—for a detective with a heart condition to avoid being tased during training—bolstering the importance of carefully handling accommodation requests.

Given that the employee was terminated in

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