major life activity
Functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an individual is considered to have a disability if he or she has an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.
Category: Employment Law & HR

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

major life activity
USA
• Caring for one's self.
• Performing manual tasks.
• Seeing.
• Hearing.
• Eating.
• Sleeping.
• Walking.
• Standing.
• Lifting.
• Bending.
• Sleeping.
• Breathing.
• Learning.
• Reading.
• Concentrating.
• Communicating.
• Working.
The definition of major life activities under the ADA also encompasses operation of a bodily function, including:
• Functions of the immune system.
• Normal cell growth.
• Digestive.
• Bowel.
• Bladder.
• Neurological.
• Brain.
• Respiratory.
• Circulatory.
• Endocrine.
• Reproductive functions.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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