I may have located the blueprint showing when regular, in-person attendance is an ADA essential job function

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Earlier this month, a federal appellate court had to decide whether a hospital employee could perform her job remotely or whether the job’s essential functions required her to come to work in person.

Spoiler alert: The plaintiff lost the failure-to-accommodate claim she asserted under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

But stick around because the Seventh Circuit’s thoughtful analysis may help you decide whether regular work attendance is essential for the job.

The court began by acknowledging that “precedents have generally disfavored working from home because such an arrangement makes teamwork and supervision of productivity difficult,” in which the court

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