Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Court : Food Allergies Protected by Disabilities Act
An Iowa Court of appeals just ruled that Food Allergies are protected by The Federal Americans With Disabilities Act. The Americans With Disabilities Act defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that "substantially limits one or more major life activities." In 2008, this definition was expanded to include "any condition that is episodic or in remission that would limit a major life activity when active."
The case involved a daycare facility's refusal to accept a child with a tree nut allergy. Tiger Tots Community Care Child Center objected to Knudsen's requirement that her child, in case of an allergic reaction, be transported by staff just outside of city limits to meet an emergency medical helicopter for evacuation. Tiger Tots can appeal this decision to the Iowa Supreme Court.
Posted by Tamar Warga at 8:37 AM