File Sharpening Company Denied Applicant a Job Because It Regarded Him as Disabled, Federal Agency Charges
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today it has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Save Edge, Inc., formerly known as File Sharpening Company, Inc., a Xenia, Ohio-based industrial file sharpening company.
According to the EEOC's suit, Save Edge offered applicant Anthony Hoover an operator position but rescinded it once it learned that he took a prescription drug for a seizure disorder. The EEOC said Save Edge regarded Hoover as a disabled individual incapable of doing the job.
Discrimination against a person who is disabled or regarded as disabled violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC filed suit (Civil Action No. 3:14-cv-211 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Dayton Division) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. In its suit, the EEOC seeks back pay for Hoover as well as compensatory and punitive damages, and injunctive relief.
"Under the ADA, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against someone because he is perceived to have a disability," said EEOC Indianapolis District Office Regional Attorney Laurie Young. "The EEOC will continue to vigorously enforce all aspects of the ADA's employment provisions."
The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on the agency's web site at www.eeoc.gov.