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EEOC sues FedEx for bias against hearing-impaired staff

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Shipping giant FedEx faces an EEOC lawsuit alleging that it systematically fails to accommodate deaf and hearing-impaired employees.

The suit alleges that FedEx refuses to use sign language interpreters when employees request them and fails to provide closed-caption training films during applicant tours of facilities and initial training. The suit also alleges the company does not provide any interpretive services during meetings.

If true, FedEx would be in violation of the ADA.

The suit demands that FedEx provide vibrating scanners instead of ones that beep, and seeks installation of flashing lights on dangerous equipment.

The EEOC asserts that FedEx has consistently refused to provide these accommodations to package handlers and job applicants in Minnesota and 15 other states.

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