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Federal Appeals Court Rules That UPS Must Hire Deaf Drivers

October 17, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court has ruled against UPS, saying the company is wrong to automatically prevent the deaf and the hearing-impaired from driving parcel delivery trucks, according to the Associated Press. A court in San Francisco is upholding a lower court ruling that said the company violated anti-discrimination laws by refusing to let those drivers show that they can do the job safely and effectively. UPS said it’s a safety issue, and that it’s not discriminating. In its ruling, the appeals panel said UPS was only able to offer “anecdotal testimony” about drivers avoiding accidents because they heard warning sounds, according to the Associated Press. But the court said the company didn’t show that the accidents couldn’t have been avoided by a deaf driver using different driving techniques or additional mirrors or cameras on the truck.
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