The Department of Justice has reached a $20,000 dollar settlement agreement with York County under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The agreement resolves the Department’s lawsuit, which alleges that the county discriminated against an applicant on the basis of his disability, dwarfism, when he applied for a Purchasing Manager position.
The complaint alleges that York County required applicants for the Purchasing Manager position to possess a driver’s license even though having a driver’s license is not essential to performing the job functions of the position.
By requiring a driver’s license, the county unfairly screened out the applicant, who because of his disability does not possess a driver’s license, but who was otherwise qualified for the position.
This matter was based on a referral from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Charlotte District Office, which conducted a thorough investigation.