Employer Sued For Allegedly Refusing To Hire Truck Driver With Bipolar Disorder Featured

  08 December 2016

Stevens Transport, the largest refrigerated trucking company in Texas and one of the top four largest temperature-controlled carriers in the United States, allegedly violated federal law when it failed or refused to hire a U.S. Air Force veteran as a truck driver because of his bipolar disorder,

according to a lawsuit filed the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC alleges that Bill Brown was told that he could not be hired as a truck driver for Stevens "per company policy" because of the medication he takes to control his bipolar disorder. Brown presented a report from his medical provider indicating that he was safe to drive, but the physician with whom the company contracted to do medical examinations told him he could not be hired while on those medications. There are no U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations prohibiting people on these medications from commercial truck driving, and Brown had completed an advanced truck driver training course and passed the DOT physical that is required to hold a commercial driver's license (CDL). Read more here.

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