Insights on Amtrak Disability Discrimination Suit

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24, 2015 — Attorney Carney Shegerian, founder of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates, released comments on a recent EEOC lawsuit filed against railway company Amtrak alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC alleges the violations occurred when the company rescinded an offer of employment after discovering the applicant had epilepsy.

“The applicant’s condition of epilepsy, which he had medically verified was under control, is a common one and easily stereotyped by employers,” said Shegerian. “To rescind an offer of employment based on stereotypes or biases about a disability would constitute a violation of the federal laws designed to protect disabled workers.”

“Understandably, Amtrak is being extremely cautious about safety issues after recent train accidents. However, every company that falls under coverage of the ADA must also be equally cautious about abiding by its provisions,” Shegerian went on to say. “Under the ADA, disabled workers who meet job qualifications and who can perform the task of a job without limitations have the well-established right to be treated the same as other workers without disabilities.”

Mr. Shegerian is founder of Shegerian & Associates and winner of the 2013 Trial Attorney of the Year Award from the Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles. His employment rights firm has attained a consistent track record of successful jury trials and has won over 72 jury trials, including over 30 seven and eight figure verdicts. The firm has an over 95% success rate and remains an exemplary leader in resolving employment discrimination issues.

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