Jury: FedEx must provide sign language interpreter to deaf package handler.

This week a federal jury found in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in its employment discrimination lawsuit against FedEx for violating the ADA. EEOC had charged that FedEx failed to provide a reasonable accommodation to Ronald Lockhart, a profoundly deaf employee who worked as a package handler at the company's Baltimore, Maryland Ramp facility.

The suit charged Federal Express with violating the ADA when it failed to provide reasonable accommodations to Lockhart in the form of American Sign Language interpreters, despite his repeated requests. The jury found FedEx liable for punitive damages in the amount of $100,000 for its knowing failure to accommodate Lockhart as well as compensatory damages of $8,000 for the loss of the accommodation itself.

Here is the agency's press release.

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