California Court of Appeals Likely to Recognize Wi-Fi Sickness as Disability
The California Court of Appeal has acknowledged that it is likely the first to recognize "Wi-Fi Sickness," or "electromagnetic hypersensitivity" as a disability. The case originated when a school district installed a new Wi-Fi system in a teacher's classroom, after which she reported headaches. The headaches persisted even after the WiFi in her room and a neighboring room were turned off. When the district refused further accommodations, the teacher sued and a California appellate court reversed the lower court decision, concluding that the definition of “disability” in California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is broader than in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).