Magnant v. Panelmatic Texas, Inc.

Full title: KENNETH W. MAGNANT, Plaintiff, v. PANELMATIC TEXAS, INC., Defendant

Court: United States District Court, S.D. Texas, Houston Division

Civil Action No. H-05-0135.

Date published: Aug 22, 2006

Fact:

  • Magnant has disabilities, including obesity, heart condition, and knee problems, which substantially limit his ability to lift, stand, and walk.
  • Panelmatic accommodated Magnant’s restrictions by allowing him to do bench work and avoid heavy lifting.
  • Panelmatic laid off Magnant because he could not perform the essential functions of his job as an electrical technician, even with reasonable accommodations.
  • Magnant filed a complaint asserting ADA and age discrimination claims against Panelmatic.

Issue:

  • Whether Magnant is a qualified individual under the ADA, capable of performing the essential functions of his job with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Whether Panelmatic’s decision to lay off Magnant was related to his age, constituting age discrimination.

Decision:

  • Magnant failed to raise a genuine issue of material fact regarding his qualification under the ADA, and Panelmatic’s summary judgment motion on the ADA claim is granted.
  • Magnant failed to provide evidence supporting age discrimination by Panelmatic, and Panelmatic’s summary judgment motion on the age discrimination claim is granted.

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