Company Violated ADA by Reassigning Forklift Driver Who Is Deaf

​A steel manufacturing company that employed a person who is deaf as a forklift driver for seven years violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it reassigned him to another position out of safety concerns, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

The plaintiff has worked for Worthington Industries Inc., a steel manufacturing company, at Worthington’s Delta Plant since 1999. The Delta Plant is a steel-processing center where workers manipulate raw steel to customers’ specifications and then ship it to them.

From 2001 through 2008, the plaintiff was officially assigned to work in packaging, but he frequently performed all jobs in the shipping department, including operating forklifts and overhead cranes. Worthington employees…

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