Qualified Individual Law and Legal Definition

The term qualified individual means “an individual who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that such individual holds or desires.” Consideration shall be given to the employer's judgment as to what functions of a job are essential, and if an employer has prepared a written description before advertising or interviewing applicants for the job, this description shall be considered evidence of the essential functions of the job. Chedwick v. Univ. Pittsburgh Med. Ctr., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104191 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 9, 2009)