An applicant for a commercial truck driver position will receive $30,000 in a settlement of an Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed on his behalf.
The EEOC’s suit against Covenant Transport, Inc., a trucking company based in Chattanooga, Tenn., charged that Covenant discriminated against an applicant for a commercial truck driver position on the basis of his disability.
According to the lawsuit, Covenant conditionally approved the applicant’s application, pending a license check and a drug screening. The applicant told Covenant’s representative he was unable to provide a urine sample due to a medical condition, bladder exstrophy, but could provide blood for the drug screening. Covenant initially agreed to the blood screening, but later decided not to hire the applicant because of his medical condition and the fact that he could not provide a valid urine specimen.
This violated the ADA’s duty of reasonable accommodation, the EEOC alleged in its lawsuit filed in May.
Read the EEOC’s announcement of the settlement here.