Hason Case Dropped. Hason Not Pleased.
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 10, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC--As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday to not hear a case that could been a serious setback for the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The justices canceled arguments scheduled for March 25 in the case of Medical Board of California v. Hason.
The Medical Board had refused to give Dr. Michael Hason a license because of his clinical depression. Hason argued that the board could have offered him a probationary license as a reasonable accommodation to his disability.
The case made it to the high court last fall.
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, representing the medical board, dropped the case against Hason last month, partly in response to pressure from disability rights advocates.
Many legal experts predicted that California had a good chance of winning the case, which may have further limited the scope of the ADA in future state's rights litigation.
One person who is not happy with the Supreme Court's decision to drop the case is Dr. Hason. According to the Associated Press, Hason wants the court to require the state to pay legal fees and damages.
Medical Board of California v. Michael Hason (Inclusion Daily Express)