Workers whose disabling conditions are mostly cured with prescription drugs may still be able to show that they are “substantially limited in a major life activity” by pointing to the drug’s side effects or the precautions they must take in their lifestyle to avoid medical complications, a federal judge has ruled.

Senior U.S. District for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Judge Sylvia H. Rambo’s 20-page opinion in Rowles v. Automated Production Systems Inc. is a significant win for plaintiffs because it charts the course for limiting the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s July 1999 decision in Sutton v. United Airlines .

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