UPS and deaf employees

Judge orders UPS not to discriminate against deaf drivers

An Associated Press article was prominent in some USA media outlets as follows:

UPS violates anti-discrimination laws by barring the deaf and hearing impaired from driving parcel delivery trucks, a federal judge ruled Thursday. US District Judge Thelton Henderson said the Atlanta-based company’s practices breach the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and ordered the service to change its policies within 30 days.
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1 Pump Court Chambers v Horton [2003]

wig.gifIn short, the following judgement holds that Barristers’ Chambers are not covered by the Disability Discrimination Act for the purposes of securing a pupillage or being accepted by chambers. Thus Deaf and disabled (trainee) barristers have no legal protection against Chambers, and can be discriminated against.

1 Pump Court Chambers v Horton [2003] EWCA Civ 941

Facts: Horton applied for a pupillage, and was offered one of two available places for a year commencing October 2001. In September 2001 he became ill, and applied for a postponement, to begin in October 2002. The Chambers decided not to grant him a deferral. Effectively, as the ET found, that decision prevented him from taking a pupillage with the Chambers.
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