CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced it has filed a lawsuit
against Covenant Transport Inc., charging the trucking company with violations
of federal disability laws.
The EEOC alleges a job seeker applied for employment as a
commercial driver with Covenant, which is based in Chattanooga and operates as
a premium transportation service that provides specialized critical, hazmat,
government, Canadian and Mexican shipments. Covenant allegedly offered the
applicant a conditional offer pending a license check and drug screening.
According to EEOC, the applicant told the company he could
not provide a urine sample due to a medical condition. He could, however,
provide blood screening as an alternative. Covenant purportedly accepted this
solution initially but later changed its decision. It then withdrew its offer
of conditional employment, EEOC alleges.
Alleged conduct of this nature violates the Americans with
Disabilities Act that bans employers from refusing to hire an applicant due
to a disability.
"[The] EEOC remains as committed as ever to enforcing the ADA
to remove barriers to employment for persons with disabilities,” said Katharine W.
Kores, district director for the Memphis District Office.
The EEOC seeks back pay, compensatory damages and punitive
damages for the claimant. It will also seek injunctive relief.