Byline: Derek Hawkins
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Case Name: Kimberly Blinsky v. American Airlines, Inc.,
Case No.: 18-3107
Officials: EASTERBROOK, KANNE, and HAMILTON, Circuit Judges.
Focus: Order Correcting Opinion
American Airlines employed Kimberly Bilinsky for more than two decades. That employment continued without issue after Bilinsky contracted multiple sclerosis ("MS") in the late 1990s. American provided a "Work from Home Arrangement" ("WFHA"), which permitted Bilinsky to do her job from her home in Chicago, even though her colleagues operated out of the company headquarters in Dallas. But after a 2013 merger, American restructured its operations and informally repurposed Bilinsky's department. The executives determined that the new duties required the in-person involvement of the employees, so the company rescinded the arrangement and demanded that Bilinsky relocate to Texas to work face-to-face. Once negotiations collapsed, American terminated Bilinsky.
This lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act...