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Jakubowski v. Christ Hosp., Inc., 09-4097, concerned a challenge to the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendants, in plaintiff's suit against a hospital and a director of the family practice medical resident program, claiming that he was terminated from his position as a resident because of his Asperger's and that defendants failed to reasonably accommodate this disability.
In affirming, the court held that, because the accommodations - that plaintiff had the burden to propose - do not address a key obstacle preventing him from performing a necessary function of a medical resident, he has not met his burden under the Americans with Disabilities Act of proving he is an otherwise qualified individual for the position. The court also held that there is no dispute that the hospital participated in the interactive accommodations process in good faith because the hospital met with plaintiff, considered his proposed accommodations, informed him why they were unreasonable, offered assistance in finding a new pathology residency, and never hindered the process along the way.
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