Barnett v. U.S. Air, Inc.

228 F.3d 1105 (2000)

From our private database of 46,100+ case briefs, written and edited by humans—never with AI.

Barnett v. U.S. Air, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
228 F.3d 1105 (2000)

  • Written by Arlyn Katen, JD

Facts

Robert Barnett (plaintiff) suffered from a serious back injury while working for U.S. Airways, Inc. (U.S. Air) (defendant) as a cargo agent. Barnett requested that U.S. Air provide any of three possible accommodations for his disability: First, Barnett asked that U.S. Air purchase a low-technology mechanical-lifting device to assist Barnett in loading and unloading cargo. Second, Barnett requested modifying the cargo position to require only desk work. Third, Barnett requested reassignment to the mail room. U.S. Air never spoke to Barnett about his request. Five months later, U.S. Air rejected Barnett’s proposed reasonable accommodations in a letter. Instead, U.S. Air offered to give Barnett a forklift to lift individual suitcases. Additionally, U.S. Air told Barnett that Barnett could apply for any other job at U.S. Air for which he was qualified. Eventually, Barnett sued U.S. Air in federal district court, arguing in relevant part that U.S. Air had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by refusing to reasonably accommodate Barnett or even to attempt to engage in an interactive process to discuss possible accommodations. The district court granted U.S. Air’s summary-judgment motion and dismissed Barnett’s claims. Barnett appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Fletcher, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 745,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 745,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 46,100 briefs, keyed to 987 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 745,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 46,100 briefs - keyed to 987 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership