Deaf employee sues UPS

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Deaf employee sues UPS - Philly

    As a deaf employee, Michael MacDonald can do his work as a package handler at the United Parcel Service facility at Philadelphia International Airport without assistance.

    But when it comes to employee meetings and to understanding certain things - such as safety and emergency procedures, company policies and procedures, and some other workplace communications - he needs an American Sign Language interpreter.
     
  2. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    I have a friend, who is mostly deaf, who is going through the exact same thing at FedEx. They are being just as uncooperative.
     
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  3. I feel for both sides here. Everyone needs an opportunity to have a fair shot at employment.

    On the other hand do you pay an interpreter Big bucks to relay the information for a $40 a day job?


    What's fair?
     
  4. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    They have apps they can use that can interpret voice to a phone or tablet.
     
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  5. That sounds fair enough if you want to be an EOE
     
  6. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Unless you've spent a lot of time around a deaf person, you have no idea how frustrating it is to try to find out what is going on on a daily basis for a deaf person. The things we take for granted, they miss out on.
     
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  7. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Plus, it's not a matter of them WANTING to be an EOE employer. By law, they HAVE to.
     
  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    My son is hearing impaired, primarily in the upper ranges. I would not expect his employer to make special accommodations on his behalf.
     
  9. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Doesn't matter what you expect. It's the law. They are required to.
     
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  10. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I disagree. He knew what he was signing on for.
     
  11. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Doesn't matter. It's still the law.
     
  12. I think they should make reasonable accommodations. How ever you want to define that but it is the law.
     
  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    It's a warehouse. What did he expect?
     
  14. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Obviously, reasonable accommodations. Like I said, there are apps that can translate voice to phone or tablet without any undue hardship for either company.
     
  15. Maybe a flashing light instead of a siren?
     
  16. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    They are suppose to have "buddies" like in those training videos.
     
  17. I'm just saying reasonable expense to the employer.

    Most of my route is on hills. Yet they put handicapped ramps on all of the sidewalks. My truck barely makes it up some off the hills. No way in Hell is somebody pushing a wheelchair up those hills.
     
  18. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    Every once in a while, our HR dept has an interpreter come in for an interview. Don't know what comes of it.
     
  19. Probably just trying to look good.
     
  20. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    Could be.