Here’s another prime example of how expensive it can be to violate federal laws protecting the rights of disabled job applicants.
An man who applied for a job as a machinist journeyman at Amtrak’s Seattle yard won a $112,000 settlement with the proviso that the railway adopt anti-discrimination policies when interviewing and hiring applicants with disabilities.
Amtrak withdrew its decision to hire Shawn Moe after he revealed he took medication to control epilepsy. The company said it denied Moe the job because of safety issues.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed the lawsuit last year on Moe’s behalf. In addition the monetary settlement, Amtrak has agreed to adopt new policies and training emphasizing its responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Moe has moved on, the EEOC said, and found another job.