First, the D.C. Circuit said sleep qualified as a "major life activity." Now sex is on the list. That is, disabilities that promote sleeplessness or the inability to have sex are covered by the Rehabilitation Act, the anti-discrimination law for federal employees, the court ruled. Lawyers say the rulings open the door for a host of new discrimination claims and will add ballast to cases that hinge on plaintiffs' ability to prove that their disabilities substantially interfere with their everyday lives.
Disabilities Law Covers Sex Disorders, D.C. Circuit Rules
July 29, 2008