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Former Employees Allege Non-Profit Discriminates Against Workers With Disabilities
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 27, 2005

BURLINGTON, KENTUCKY--Community Service Project Inc. is a non-profit agency that employs and supervises people with disabilities to operate rest stops along Interstate 75 in Boone County, under a contract with the state Department of Highways.

Two former workers claim that the company discriminates against those employees that have disabilities.

The Kentucky Post reported Thursday that Terry Rose and Willard Burkhart filed lawsuits in Boone County Circuit Court against their former employer.

Rose, who has a learning disability, asserted that he was fired after he yelled at a person who was making fun of his disability in front of employees and vendors.

Burkhart, who has a hearing disability, alleged in his suit that he was fired because he complained to the state about working conditions with the company.

The two additionally claimed that the organization illegally fined employees, forced them to buy their own uniforms, and counted anyone who "appeared disabled" as having a disability. The agency is required under its contract to have workers with disabilities make up 75 percent of its workforce.

The Post was not able to get comments from either the state or the company at its press time.


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