Company Pulled Job Offer Over Disability, EEOC Claims
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 9, 2003
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--In February 2001, the Union Electric Steel Corp. offered Robert Ruffing a job as a draftsman.
Those doing the hiring had not met Ruffing because the offer came through a temporary agency.
When Ruffing showed up for work -- in his wheelchair -- he was told to leave.
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Mr. Ruffing claiming Union Electric Steel violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The suit accuses the company of rescinding an offer of employment over "stereotypes about persons with paraplegia and persons who use wheelchairs."
The EEOC said the suit was brought after several attempts to settle the allegations out of court had failed.
Officials at Union Electric Steel declined to comment, saying the suit was being reviewed by the company's attorneys.