DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Nov. 30 against Stevens
Transport, a refrigerated trucking company, for allegedly violating the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
According to the EEOC, Stevens Transport told Bill Brown they
could not hire him due to a company policy that prevented the hiring of people
with the medication he uses to control his bipolar disorder. Brown had a report
from his medical provider stating he was safe to drive. There are no U.S.
Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations barring the medication, EEOC says.
“The trucking company unlawfully refused
to hire this qualified candidate, disregarding his physical exam results, his
completion of training, his CDL and the positive report from his medical
provider,” said EEOC regional attorney Robert A. Canino. “The
company put up an unnecessary roadblock to Mr. Brown's employment by
discounting his skills and abilities as a driver when it turned him away.”
The EEOC seeks back pay and compensatory and punitive damages
for the victim, as well as injunctive relief to stop future discrimination by
“Neither Stevens Transport nor the
physician it contracted with made an individual assessment of Mr. Brown,”
said EEOC trial attorney Meaghan L. Shepard Sr.
“In addition to violating
the ADA, Stevens lost an opportunity to add a valuable employee to its team.
Mr. Brown is a veteran who gave years of his life for his country and who has
gone on to become a successful truck driver with another company - which should
demonstrate his professional fitness.”