Thursday, September 1, 2011

It Still Sounds Like It Came From The Onion

The EEOC has ruled that an employer may not transfer a truck driver with an admitted alcoholism problem from his job driving trucks--that's a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  (Alcoholism is a disability; they were supposed to make a "reasonable accommodation," I guess.)  To quote from the EEOC press release: "The ADA mandates that persons with disabilities have an equal opportunity to achieve in the workplace."

The only thing better: I was recently told by someone who cleans up a restaurant that he trained someone to do the job when he wasn't around who sounds like the punch line of an ADA joke: The trainee was 4' 6" (so had to climb up on ladders), spoke no English, and was deaf.  As a result, as he trained her, there were two interpreters: one translating from her native tongue's sign language (something Asian), and then a second translator to translate into English.

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