EEOC Sues On Behalf Of Deaf Warehouse Worker

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, says it has sued Logic Staffing after a recruiter for the company allegedly refused to consider a well-qualified but deaf applicant for a warehouse job.

Logic Staffing told Keysi Severino-Gomez they didn't hire deaf people.

EEOC says Keysi Severino-Gomez applied online for a warehouse job but was rejected as soon as the recruiter realized he was deaf.

In its press release about the lawsuit, the agency claims that the applicant filled out an online application and was telephoned about the job. But when he used Video Relay Service, or VRS, to return the call he was immediately identified as deaf and told that he was incapable of fulfilling the job requirements. He was also told that his deafness would pose a safety risk.

When the applicant informed the recruiter of his successful rack record of doing such work in the past the recruiter forced him to wait while she conversed with her manager. Ultimately, though, the applicant was told that Logic Staffing did not hire deaf people and, according to the lawsuit, was hung up on.

The EEOC says that Logic Staffing violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, by dismissing an applicant who was qualified for the job. The agency filed suit after failing to reach a pre-litigation settlement with the company.

The lawsuit is asking for lost wages, front pay, compensatory and punitive damages. It also seeks injunctive relief that the agency says will help prevent disability discrimination for future applicants.

A recent, similar case, also involving a deaf applicant, resulted in an $88,000 award and a job for that person.

EEOC Regional Attorney Roberta Steele says that this most recent case is the third lawsuit filed in her region this year on behalf of a qualified deaf applicant.

In 2017 Logic Staffing placed more than 900 temporary employees in Western Washington workplaces.