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Jacobs v. N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts, 13-2212

In this case, plaintiff, who suffered from social anxiety disorder, brought suit against her employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), alleging that her employer waited three weeks without acting on her request for accommodation and subsequently terminated her. The district court granted summary judgment to the employer on all counts. The judgment is reversed in part and the case is remanded for trial, where: 1) the district court erred by resolving disputed facts in favor of the movant; 2) a reasonably jury could conclude that plaintiff has made out each of the elements of a prima facie case of discriminatory discharge and has set out sufficient evidence of pretext as to the disability discrimination and retaliatory discharge claims; and 3) a reasonable jury could find that with a reasonable accommodation, plaintiff could perform the essential functions of her position as a deputy clerk.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/12/2015
  • Published 03/12/2015

Judges

  • Floyd

Court

  • United States Fourth Circuit

Counsel