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Ali v. Wang Laboratories, Inc.

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
162 F.R.D 165 (M.D. Fla. 1995)


Facts

Ali (plaintiff) was employed by Wang Laboratories, Inc. (Wang) (defendant) from 1978 to 1993. Ali claimed he suffered a work-related injury that caused spurs on his vertebrae and indented the thecal sac in his spine, causing him a variety of chronic physical problems and permanently limiting his range of motion and abilities. Ali argues his injury is a disability for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, Ali argues that Wang fired him in violation of the ADA, as well as other federal and state laws, on the basis of his disability, age, and national origin. Ali sought damages for severe emotional and mental distress caused by the termination that resulted in his suffering a mental condition and severe emotional problems. Ali claims he can still perform his essential job functions and seeks reinstatement. Wang denies this. Wang sought to have physical and mental examinations of Ali and filed a motion to compel those examinations. Ali objected, and the magistrate judge heard oral arguments on the issue.

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