(Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced
March 6 that C&A Tool Engineering Inc., a Churubusco, Indiana-based
manufacturing-tooling company, will pay $35,000 after allegations of disability
charged the company with denying an applicant solely because of the applicant’s
disability. According to the lawsuit, an experience and qualified machinist
applied and interviewed for a machinist position with C&A Tool.
Tool allegedly then offered the applicant a position, conditioned on the passing
of a physical examination. After the exam, the company purportedly withdrew the
offer because the exam report referenced a congenital eye condition that could possibly cause vision impairment. During the case, however, the parties' expert
ophthalmologists stated that the applicant had normal vision, allegedly.
settlement demonstrates that all employers, even those who are the main
employer in a small town, must abide by federal anti-discrimination law,"
said Kenneth L. Bird, regional attorney of the EEOC's Indianapolis District
"The ADA ensures that employment decisions are made on an
individual basis, not on preconceived beliefs about a medical condition. It is
not only the law, it is common sense. We are confident that the injunctive
relief obtained and our ability to monitor the company for five years will
prevent the recurrence of this type of situation."