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Stevens Transport to pay $50,000 for disability discrimination

Dallas, TX, US: Stevens Transport, a refrigerated transport company, will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Andrew Scott, who became paraplegic in 2003 as a result of a car accident, was denied hire for two management positions at Stevens because of his disability.  Scott, who has a bachelor’s degree in economics and management and a master’s degree in business administration, was initially contacted by Stevens Transport after posting his resume on a job search website.  Scott was interviewed over the telephone.  Based on his successful interview, Scott was scheduled for an in-person interview for two open jobs. When he arrived at the interview, however, the company became aware of his disability.

Stevens management told Scott at the in-person interview that there was some concern he would not be able to keep up with the pace of operations.  After several weeks of communication with the company, Scott was ultimately informed that he had not been selected for hire into either of the positions, despite his qualifications.

Refusing to hire a qualified applicant because of his disability violates the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).  The commission filed suit after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement.

“Mr Scott was very disappointed that Stevens stopped considering him as a viable candidate once they saw he was in a wheelchair,” said Robert A Canino, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Dallas District Office.

“He was well-qualified for these positions, but was disregarded because of his disability.  That is a clear violation of federal law as well as unjust to the applicant and counter-productive for the company.”