Volume 71, Number 6

December 1996

This Estoppel Has Got to Stop: Judicial Estoppel and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Anne E. Beaumont

There are more than forty million people with disabilities in the United States. It has been said that the best definition of what it means to be a person with a disability in America is to be unemployed. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 to implement a federal policy of greater inclusion of people with disabilities in all facets of the nation’s life–including employment. The employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act have the potential to ameliorate the staggering unemployment rate of people with disabilities by protecting them against discrimination on the basis of disability as they enter and advance in American workplaces.