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Photo: Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Shutterstock The ruling upholds 2008 amendments to the anti-discrimination law that allowed plaintiffs to pursue claims stemming from injuries “lasting or expected to last less than six months,” so long as the ADA’s requirements are met. (Photo: Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Shutterstock)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held for the first time Wednesday that temporary injuries can qualify as disabilities for the purposes of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

A unanimous panel of the Manhattan-based appeals court joined three other circuits in ruling that 2008 amendments to the landmark anti-discrimination law allowed plaintiffs to pursue claims stemming from injuries “lasting or expected to last less than six months,” so long as the ADA’s requirements are met.

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