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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Keeping an alcoholic driver off the road violates federal law

Old Dominion Freight Line, a trucking company based in Little Rock, Arkansas, did what most people would consider the right thing by telling an alcoholic driver he was no longer allowed on the road. After all, friends don't let friends drive drunk, right? Well, turns out that act of responsibility violates federal law, and the company is now being sued by the the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to the twisted logic of the EEOC:
Alcoholism is a recognized disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and disability discrimination violates this federal law. The EEOC said that the company violated both the ADA and the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAAA) by conditioning reassignment to non-driving positions on the enrollment in an alcohol treatment program. In addition, the EEOC argued that Old Dominion's policy that bans any driver who self-reports alcohol abuse from ever driving again also violates the ADA.
Thank goodness we have the government keeping us safe on our nation's highways.


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