NEWSBRIEF: After a long legal battle, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Honda must pay long-term disability benefits to a former employee who developed what several doctors called the most severe case of chronic fatigue syndrome they'd ever seen.
One of the judges wrote this about Honda:
"Its decision was illogical, implausible, and without support in inferences that could reasonably be drawn from facts in the record, because: (1) every doctor who personally examined Salomaa concluded that he was disabled; (2) the plan administrator demanded objective tests to establish the existence of a condition for which there are no objective tests; (3) the administrator failed to consider the Social Security disability award." -Judge Andrew Kleinfeld
This ruling is important to people with chronic fatigue syndrome and similar "diagnoses of exclusion" by clearly establishing that it's not legal to demand objective tests to prove someone is ill, when in fact no such tests exist for the illness. It also establishes that companies need to consider whether the Social Security Administration has determined the person to be disabled, which it had in this case.
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