Ohio-based MPW Industrial Services has agreed to settle a disability discrimination suit the EEOC filed on behalf of a job applicant.
He applied for a position at the company’s Dravosburg location and received a conditional job offer. A pre-employment examination revealed the man wore a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device to control lower back pain.
The nurse administering the test feared the man would not be able to recharge the device at the facility. He countered that it could hold a charge through his entire shift. Even though the man was not under any medical restrictions, MPW refused to hire him.
The applicant filed a complaint with the EEOC claiming the company’s actions violated the ADA. After conciliation efforts failed, the EEOC filed suit on the applicant’s behalf.
That’s when MPW decided to settle, agreeing to pay the applicant $37,500.