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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as a Disability under California Law



In California, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of his/her disability. The definition of "disability" in California is broad, and includes physical disabilities that limit a "major life activity" (e.g., working, walking, and sleeping, among other things). In turn, a physical disability limits a "major life activity" if it makes the achievement of the "major life activity" difficult.

Against this backdrop, is carpal tunnel syndrome a disability under California law?

The answer is "it depends." For impairments such as carpal tunnel syndrome, the symptoms vary widely from person to person. As such, an individualized assessment of the impairment’s effect on the individual is particularly important to determine whether the impairment makes the achievement of a major life activity (such as working) difficult.

For instance, do the effects consist of muscle atrophy and extreme sensory deficits? Or alternatively, do the effects consist only of intermittent symptoms of numbness and tingling? If the former, it is likelier to qualify as a disability under California law; less so if it is the latter.

If you believe that you have been subjected to disability discrimination at work, call ((916) 612-0326) or email (contact@finleyemplaw.com) Finley Employment Law today. We serve clients throughout California, including Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, Granite Bay, and Elk Grove.

The information in this blog post is for general informational and advertising purposes only and is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. Instead, you should speak with a California employment attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. 

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