"Limits" and "Substantially Limits" Defined

California law under the FEHA has always taken an expansive view of the definition of “disability.” Under FEHA, an individual need only be “limited” in performing a major life activity, not “substantially limited” as required under federal law. FEHA specifically states that definitions of physical and mental disabilities are to be broadly construed.1 Under FEHA, a mental or psychological disorder or condition limits a major life activity if it makes the achievement of a major life activity “difficult.”2

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