The D.C. Circuit has ruled that sleeping is a "major life activity" under the federal Rehabilitation Act. Reversing its own precedent, the court also held that a plaintiff doesn't have to show that his sleep disability affected his waking activities in order to move forward with a discrimination claim. The plaintiff in the case had alleged that the FBI discriminated and retaliated against him because of a post-traumatic stress disorder that substantially limited him in the major life activity of sleeping.
D.C. Circuit: Sleeping Is 'Major Life Activity'
The National Law Journal
July 18, 2008