Justice for Employee Who Had Job Offer Withdrawn Because of Old Back Injury

A federal district court has entered a permanent injunction in the case of a disabled individual who had a job offer withdrawn because of an old back injury even though his current physical condition didn’t prevent him from performing the job.

I wrote previously about the case of  EEOC v.  American Tool & Mold LLC, which was found liable for withdrawing a job offer to Michael Matanic based on an old back injury. The company terminated him even though he was medically cleared by his doctor to work and was in good health.

Under the permanent injunction, the company “must conduct a functional job analysis and create written job descriptions for each position subject to a post-offer medical examination. ATM must also ensure that any third-party medical contractors it uses for post-offer medical examinations conducts them in a manner consistent with the ADA.”

The announcement is something of a victory lap for the EEOC, which obtained a favorable ruling from the court on the merits of this ADA lawsuit back in April. Still, it reinforces the message of that victory–don’t base employment decisions on myths or stereotypes about a person’s medical condition.

Read more here.

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