Legal news reports that a federal discrimination lawsuit has just been
filed against FedEx. The Americans with Disabilities Act claim asserts
that FedEx discriminated against a large class of deaf and hard of hearing
package handlers and job applicants for many years. Among the allegations
include claims that the company failed to provide the workers necessary
accommodations to perform their job.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities
Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) protect certain “qualified” individuals
from discrimination in the terms and conditions of your employment. The
ADA/ADAAA also protects you from disability harassment or retaliation
for complaining about disability discrimination or participating in another
person’s disability claim.
If you have questions about disability discrimination or believe that you
have been discriminated against as the result of a disability, consulting with an
Atlanta disability discrimination law firm right away is important to protect your rights and provide you critical guidance.
One of the ways the ADA/ADAAA protects you is by requiring that your employer
make certain “reasonable accommodations” that would allow
you to perform your job. In the recent lawsuit, the workers asserted that
FedEx “marginalized” them and hindered their job performance
by failing to provide “reasonable accommodations” such as
sign language interpretation and equipment. This includes allegations
that during orientation for new hires and during mandatory initial tours
of its facilities, FedEx Ground didn’t provide American Sign Language
interpretation and closed-captioned training videos. These accommodations
were also not provided during staff and safety meetings. Additionally,
the company also failed to make equipment substitutions and modifications,
such as scanners that vibrate instead of beep, the lawsuit alleges.
FedEx denies the allegations.
For more information, or if you believe that you or a loved one has been
discriminated against based on a disability please contact the Georgia
anti-discrimination lawyers at Buckley Beal LLP for an