His Record: So, You Think You Know Alito ...

Samuel Alito's rulings haven't always fallen under a strictly conservative banner. In some he has shown sympathy for individuals who depend on the goodwill of powerful institutions, and in others he has defended civil rights. His reasoning has often been very technical. A few cases worth noting:

•MONDZELEWSKI V. PATHMARK (1998) In support of a butcher who claimed to have been treated unfairly by his employer, Pathmark, Alito's broad interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) led him to conclude that Joseph Mondzelewski's back injury constituted a serious limitation that entitled him to ADA workplace protections. Writing for the majority,...

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