Methadone Patient Files ADA Discrimination Lawsuit Against Potential Employer
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Methadone Patient Files ADA Discrimination Lawsuit Against Potential Employer

By Kimberly Mirando

 

United Insurance Company
(LEGAFI) -- United Insurance Company of America has been hit with a lawsuit that claims the insurer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying employment to a man with methadone in his system.

According to the ADA discrimination lawsuit, filed on the man’s behalf by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), United Insurance offered the man a job as an agent but withdrew the offer when his drug test showed methadone in his system. 

The man is a recovering drug addict who has been enrolled in a methadone treatment program since 2004. He claims in the ADA discrimination lawsuit that he submitted a letter from his treatment facility to the insurer to explain his treatment program, but United Insurance still withdrew the offer of employment.

The EEOC says this constitutes a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

“It is unfortunate that many employers still deny the opportunity for work to people who are ready and able simply because of inaccurate perceptions of disabilities,” said an EEOC attorney in a statement. “Employers’ decisions are often based on irrational fears or stereotypes about individuals with a record of past substance abuse.”

The EEOC is seeking back pay, compensatory damages and punitive damages, as well as injunctive relief for the man for violating the ADA. 

 

Updated August 19th, 2011

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