The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Adecco USA Inc., alleging it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not offering a candidate employment at a production facility based on his disability.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, in April 2016, a worker with learning and other mental disabilities visited Adecco’s office in Corry, Penn. to apply for a food packaging and distribution position with an Adecco customer. The lawsuit alleges the applicant, who has difficulty with reading comprehension, failed an initial employment test but passed after requesting that the test be read to him. The EEOC reported that an Adecco official then told the disabled worker that he was “too slow” for the production job and instead offered to place the worker in a car-washing job while other applicants were offered the job that the disabled worker sought.
When contacted, Adecco was not able to comment on the lawsuit.
“We want to inspire, train and develop people to fully embrace the world of work, regardless of disability, race, sex, age or any other protected category,” Adecco said in a statement provided to Staffing Industry Analysts. “In this particular case, we hope you understand that we cannot comment further on pending litigation.”
The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Adecco USA, Inc., Civil Action No.1:18-cv-00250-AJS) in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Erie Division, after first attempting to reach a prelitigation settlement through its conciliation process.