A former WestRock Services LLC machine operator can pursue claims that he was denied relief from the company’s Covid-19 masking policy as an accommodation for his medical conditions.

Lun Mayes’ amended complaint alleges that he was approved for medical leave based on health issues that gave him trouble breathing, the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee said. Those facts indicate that Mayes’ conditions caused him difficulty breathing and working, which are both major life activities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the court said.

It rejected WestRock’s contention that Mayes’ reasonable accommodation claim failed because he didn’t ...

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