Car Manufacturer Refused to Hire Laborer Because He Was a Recovering Drug Addict in a Medically Supervised Treatment Program, Federal Agency Charges BALTIMORE – Volvo Group North America, LLC, violated federal law when it refused to hire a qualified worker at its Hagerstown, Md., facility because of his disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.According to the suit, in February 2015, Volvo made a conditional offer of employment to Michael Files, a recovering drug addict who has not used illegal drugs and has been enrolled in a supervised medication-assisted treatment programs since 2010, for an hourly manufacturing position.However, when Files informed the company nurse he was taking medically prescribed suboxone during his post-offer physical examination, the nurse informed him Volvo viewed suboxone as a narcotic worse than heroin. When Files reported for his first day of work days later, Volvo’s human resources representative informed him they could not hire him because of his suboxone use, the EEOC charges.Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination based on disability. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Volvo Group North America, LLC, Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-02889) in U.S. District Court… Read full this story
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