This case involves an employee who worked in the light assembly department of a company testing small air valve components of air brakes for large vehicles. The employee regularly came into contact with various chemical, solvents, and irritants, and he eventually developed muscular injuries and chronic dermatitis on his hands. The employee’s condition became so severe that his physician restricted his work activities and recommended that he avoid exposure to potential contact irritants. On several occasions, the employee’s physician ordered him not to work at all for limited periods of time. The employee’s physician later certified that he was “permanently disabled” and that he was unfit to work in the light assembly department due to his chronic dermatitis. The company where the employee worked was unable to find him an assignment within the light assembly department that he could perform because of his physical limitations. Eventually, the company fired him because of its inability to accommodate his chronic skin sensitivity in the light assembly department. There were numerous job openings at the company that were not made available to the employee before he was fired. The employee sued the company alleging that it failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 when it fired him.