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APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO [Hon. Jaime Pieras, Jr., Senior U.S.District Judge]

After resigning because of his employer’s failure to accommodate his back condition, Lutgardo Acevedo L�pez sued the Police Department of Puerto Rico, alleging disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. �� 12101-12771, and Puerto Rico law, 31 P.R. Laws Ann. � 1541.

Specifically, Acevedo sued under Title I of the ADA, which authorizes money damages for illegal employment actions. *fn2 The statute prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of a job, with or without reasonable accommodation. See 42 U.S.C. � 12112(a). The protection covers the hiring, promotion, or discharge of employees, as well as employee compensation, occupational training, and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. See id.

 
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