The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing an Omaha-based trucking company for refusing to hire a driver because he is deaf, U.S. News reports.
The lawsuit claims Werner Enterprises declined to hire Andrew Deuschle multiple times. Although Deuschle was born deaf, he received an exemption from the federal hearing requirement for commercial motor vehicle drivers.
According to the lawsuit, Deuschle applied for jobs at the company in 2014 and 2015, but was denied after he disclosed he was deaf. Werner's employment practices were unlawful and "were done with malice or reckless indifference" to Deuschle's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the lawsuit said.
Joseph Jones, an attorney for Werner, said the company based its decision on a legitimate occupational qualification. Jones claimed Deuschle was a health and safety threat, and wouldn't be able to perform the duties of a driver in a safe and efficient manner.
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