Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
John H. Garvey argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs were Solicitor General Lee, Assistant Attorney General McGrath, Deputy Solicitor General Geller, and Anne Buxton Sobol.
Ruben Nazario argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Toby Golick and Jane Greengold Stevens.*
Supreme Court of United States.
JUSTICE POWELL delivered the opinion of the Court.
The issue is whether the Secretary of Health and Human Services may rely on published medical-vocational guidelines to determine a claimant's right to Social Security disability benefits.
The Social Security Act defines "disability" in terms of the effect a physical or mental impairment has on a person's ability to function in the workplace. It provides...
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