The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has backed away from its previous rule that employers can automatically ban insulin-dependent diabetics from certain jobs.

In light of medical advances in the treatment of diabetes, the rule should be re-evaluated, the court concluded May 20 in Kapche v. City of San Antonio. It remanded the case to the lower court to determine whether employers must now perform “individualized assessments” of employees or job applicants with diabetes before concluding they are medically unfit for employment.

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