Disabled Washington Jail Guard’s Suit Dismissed
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The plaintiff correction officers were permanently disabled and could not occupy positions requiring inmate contact. They were not qualified individuals with a disability, since no accommodation would allow them to have direct inmate contact, an essential function of their position. Incidental inmate contact is common even to control room positions and the ability to restrain inmates during an emergency is critical to jail security. See: Kees v. Wallenstein, 161 F.3d 1196 (9th Cir. 1998).