What is a "relational disability" ADA claim?

The ADA also protects an employee who has a relationship with a person who has a disability.  It is unlawful for an employer to terminate an employee because he or she has, for instance, a parent or spouse with a disability.  However, in a relational disability situation, the ADA does not require the employer to provide reasonable accommodation to the employee to take time off to care for the other person.  Of course, in this type of scenario, the employer must be cognizant of its obligations under other employment laws (such as the FMLA).