Bond v. Sheahan

A corrections officer with asthma sued her employer for discrimination based on her disability by not providing her with a smoke-free work environment. The employee repeatedly asked for a smoke-free work environment and argued that she could have been transferred to an area of the facility that was completely smoke-free but she was not. The court found that all of the officer’s claims could proceed because there were factual questions that should be resolved by a jury. Specifically, the court found that there was sufficient evidence that a jury could find that (1) the employee was disabled under federal law because her asthma substantially limited the major life activity of breathing (but not sleeping, walking, or working); (2) the employee was qualified to do the job; (3) the employer may have failed to reasonably accommodate the officer or forced her to resign based on the negative impact of the working conditions on her health.


Bond v. Sheahan, 152 F. Supp. 2d 1055 (N.D. Ill. 2001).

  • United States
  • Jul 19, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division


Plaintiff Stella Bond

Defendant Michael Sheahan, Sheriff of Cook County

Legislation Cited

Americans with Disabilities Act

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