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ADA Lawsuit Against AT&T; Settled

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The telecommunications company AT&T has agreed to pay $60,000 to a former employee in order to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit. Occupational Health and Safety News reports that the ADA lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that a man that used to work for AT&T was denied a similar job within the company because of his "insulin use" for type 2 diabetes.

The job applicant was reportedly applying to be a cable splicer technician for AT&T in Austin and had the necessary experience and expertise to perform the job. He had also safely performed a similar job for AT&T after he was diagnosed with diabetes. When this applicant was denied the job, EEOC stepped in and accused the company of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Refusing to hire a qualified individual because of his or her disability is illegal at the federal level under ADA. According to FindLaw, a disability under ADA is defined as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity." When applying for a job, an employer cannot ask if you are disabled or ask about the nature or severity of a disability. However, an employer may ask how you plan to perform the duties of a job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Anybody who feels that they have been discriminated in the workplace based on a disability or believes that they were not hired for a job because of a disability, should contact a Houston employment lawyer to learn more information on filing a claim. A listing of local attorneys can be found through FindLaw's directory.

Related Resources:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Titles I and V  (FindLaw)
  • Contact a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 20 (FindLaw's Law and Daily Life Blog)

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