from the Iowa District Court for Lee (North) County, Michael
J. Schilling, Judge.
plaintiff appeals the district court's grant of summary
judgment to his employer on his disability discrimination
claims under the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
Patrick Lyons of Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman, P.L.C.,
Waterloo, for appellant.
W. Thomas and Aaron W. Lindebak of Grefe & Sidney,
P.L.C., Des Moines, for appellee.
Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.
Rehm appeals the district court's grant of summary
judgment to Arctic Glacier West Point, Inc. (Arctic Glacier)
on his disability discrimination claims under the Iowa Civil
Rights Act (ICRA). We find the district court did not err in
finding Rehm did not present a genuine issue of material fact
on the question of whether he was disabled within the meaning
of the ICRA. We affirm the district court's decision
granting the employer's motion for summary judgment.
Background Facts & Proceedings
was employed at Arctic Glacier, a company that produces bags
of ice. Rehm broke his wrist on March 27, 2015. After about
six weeks, he returned to work without restrictions but found
it difficult to complete some of his work duties due to pain
in his wrist. These job duties included lifting twenty pound
bags of ice and using a sledgehammer to break up ice. On
August 20, 2015, Rehm was restricted to working forty hours
per week. Rehm continued to experience pain when performing
some job duties and spoke to his supervisor. The employer
warned Rehm it believed he had engaged in insubordination
because he had not performed all of his work duties and
stated he needed written documentation of any restrictions.
On November 13, 2015, he was restricted to lifting no more
than ten pounds. Rehm was terminated from his employment on
November 30, 2015. Rehm has since recovered from his broken
instituted an action with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission,
alleging disability discrimination. He received an
administrative release and filed an action against Arctic
Glacier on July 28, 2016. The employer filed a motion for
summary judgment, claiming a broken wrist did not constitute
a disability under the terms of the ICRA, Iowa Code chapter
district court granted the employer's motion for summary
judgment, finding Rehm had not shown he was disabled for
purposes of the ICRA. The court found there was no genuine
issue of material fact on the issue of whether Rehm's
broken wrist substantially limited a major life activity. The
court noted the injury was temporary and Rehm was not
disqualified from a broad range of jobs due to the
impairment. Rehm appeals the district court's decision.
Standard of Review
review district court summary judgment rulings for
corrections of errors at law." McQuistion v. City of
Clinton, 872 N.W.2d 817, 822 (Iowa 2015). "Summary
judgment is properly granted when there is no genuine issue
of material fact and the moving party is entitled to judgment
as a matter of law." Id. We view the record in
the light most favorable to the nonmoving party. Banwart
v. 50th St. Sports, L.L.C., 910 N.W.2d 540, 545 (Iowa
2018). "Even if facts are undisputed, summary judgment
is not proper if reasonable minds could draw from them
different inferences and reach different conclusions."
Goodpaster v. Schwan's Home Serv., Inc., 849
N.W.2d 1, 6 (Iowa 2014).