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57 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1045 (2000)
Reassignment under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Reasonable Accommodation, Affirmative Action, or Both

handle is hein.journals/waslee57 and id is 1055 raw text is: Reassignment Under the
Americans with Disabilities Act:
Reasonable Accommodation,
Affirmative Action, or Both?
Stephen F. Befort*
Tracey Holmes Donesky**
Table of Contents
I.  Introduction  ......................................  1046
11. Overview of Reasonable Accommodation and Reassignment . 1050
A. Reasonable Accommodation ...................... 1050
1. The Role of Reasonable Accommodation ......... 1050
2. Types of Reasonable Accommodation ............ 1053
3. The Interactive Process ....................... 1055
B. Reassignment to a Vacant Position ................. 1056
1. The Most Controversial Accommodation ......... 1056
2. EEOC Guidelines on Reassignment .............. 1059
III. Conflicting Case Law Concerning the Scope of the
Reassignment Accommodation ....................... 1061
A. The Disputed Issues and the EEOC's Position ......... 1061
B. Disabled Employee vs. Better-Qualified
Applicant/Employee  ............................ 1063
1. Disabled Employee Prevails ................... 1063
a. Aka v. Washington Hospital Center .......... 1064
b. Smith v. Midland Brake, Inc .............. 1066
2. No Preference Required ...................... 1069
a. Thompson v. Dot Foods, Inc .............. 1070
b. EEOC v. Humiston-Keeling, Inc. ............ 1071
* Professor of Law, University of Mnesota Law School.
** J.D. 2000, magna cum laude, University ofMinesota Law School; Law Clerk for the
Honorable John R. Tunheim, United States District Court, District of Minnesota.

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