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In 1997, when plaintiff's wrongful termination action arose, a claimant seeking to show physical disability under the Fair Employment and Housing Act had to show that a physiological disease or condition affecting a body system limited (not "substantially limited") the ability to participate in major life activities.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/20/2003
  • Published 02/20/2003




  • Supreme Court of California


  • For Appellant:
  •  Law Offices of Joseph M. Lovretovich, Joseph M. Lovretovich, Woodland Hills, Christopher W. Olmsted, San Diego;  Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Linda D. Kilb, Berkeley, and Arlene B. Mayerson, for Plaintiff and Appellant., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Manuel M. Medeiros, State Solicitor General, Richard M. Frank, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Louis Verdugo, Jr., Assistant Attorney General, Catherine Z. Ysrael and Phyllis W. Cheng, Deputy Attorneys General, as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant., Eve L. Hill, Washington, Dist. of Columbia, and Paula D. Pearlman, Santa Monica, for Western Law Center for Disability Rights as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant., The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Claudia Center and Patricia A. Shiu, San Francisco, for Patrice L. Goldman as Amici Curiae.

  • For Appellees:
  •  Littler Mendelson, Jody A. Landry, Kristin M. Stockholm and Alan S. Levins, San Diego, for Defendant and Respondent., Gutierrez, Preciado & House, Calvin R. House, Pasadena;  Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, Martin Stein and Alison M. Turner, Los Angeles, for County of Los Angeles as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent., Pillsbury Winthrop, Shawn Hanson and Katherine S. Ritchey, San Francisco, for Standard Insurance Company as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent., Pillsbury Winthrop and George S. Howard, Jr., San Diego, for The Employers Group and The California Employment Law Council as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent.

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