Middleton Reutlinger

Title: Karen SUMMERS, Plaintiff, v. MIDDLETON REUTLINGER, P.S.C., Defendant

Court: United States District Court, W.D. Kentucky, at Louisville

Case Number: Civ.A. 3:99CV-85-S.

Date: Jun 20, 2002

Fact:

  • The plaintiff, who worked as a legal secretary for the defendant, claimed she had a disability that substantially limited her ability to work.
  • Plaintiff informed her employer about her suspected learning disability and requested time off for neurological tests.
  • Defendant offered plaintiff an alternative position after she took leave due to stress, which she refused.
  • Plaintiff subsequently received a letter from the defendant stating her refusal to accept the offered position constituted voluntary resignation.
  • Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging disability discrimination under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act (KCRA) and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Issue:

  • Whether the plaintiff’s claims of disability discrimination under the KCRA and violation of the FMLA have merit.

Decision:

  • The court found that the plaintiff failed to establish that she was disabled under the KCRA.
  • The plaintiff did not demonstrate she was substantially limited in any major life activity necessary to be considered “disabled” under the KCRA.
  • The defendant’s actions, such as offering paid medical leave and attempting to accommodate the plaintiff’s stress, did not necessarily indicate they regarded the plaintiff as having a substantially limiting impairment.
  • Plaintiff’s FMLA claim regarding retroactive designation of leave was invalidated by legal precedent, and plaintiff failed to demonstrate harm resulting from the violation.
  • Therefore, defendant’s motion for summary judgment was granted on both the KCRA and FMLA claims.

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