Current Topic Report
22 October 2014
One of the topics in class that we discussed in chapter 3 was Equal Opportunity for all employees monitored by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Equal Employment Opportunity is a condition in which all individuals have an equal chance for employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin. There was a recent case against FedEx saying that they discriminate against deaf and partially deaf workers. They were hired for the job, but once they were on the job, they were not provided with the proper accommodations. There was no sign language practice, nothing in the trucks to help people with a hearing disability, and they did not provide scanners that vibrated on the job instead of just beeping.
Equal employment Opportunity relates to the Federal Government and their efforts with constitutional amendments, legislation, executive orders, and even court decisions. Now because there were 19 complaints by deaf or hard-of-hearing workers companywide, the EEOC had no choice but to open up the case on FedEx ground. A spokesperson for the company said this past Monday that the company plans on going against the allegations. Also, legal experts have studied similar cases over the years, and accommodating employees cases are all too similar even after the ADA went into effect to prevent workplace discrimination.
Debra Lawrence, who is an EEOC attorney stated, “Common sense, let alone Federal Legal Requirements, would dictate that FedEx Ground should have provided effective accommodations to enable people with hearing disabilities to obtain workplace information that is disseminated in meetings and training stations.” I agree with this completely. There is no reason that they should be sitting in a room filled with people, and not be able to participate because they do not have a translator in the room, or something...
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