Richard L. Ruth

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Survey Article


The 1996 survey period presented a rather unique year for the Eleventh Circuit in the employment discrimination arena. For example, the long anticipated wave of Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") litigation finally reached shore. In a different twist, employers fared better than in past years on summary judgment appeals. Finally, the first reported retaliation case in the Eleventh Circuit arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") was decided. In all, as the following discussion will amply illustrate, it was a very busy year for employment law in the Eleventh Circuit, with significantly more noteworthy cases on appeal.