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Shifting Result on Medical Exam Sinks Employer in ADA Case

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    Chalfant v. Titan Distribution, Inc., 475 F.3d 982 (8th Cir. 2007) (0 other reports)

Author:David B. Weisenfeld, XpertHR Legal Editor

In Chalfant v. Titan Distribution, Inc., 475 F.3d 982 (8th Cir. 2007), the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals evaluated a shift supervisor's claim that a company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in withdrawing its job offer following a required physical exam.

An employer may not discriminate against a job applicant or employee based on disability. While a company may revoke a conditional job offer because of a medical exam's results, it must do so because the results show the applicant to be unable to perform the job's essential functions under the ADA.
In this case, the 8th Circuit upholds a jury verdict against Titan Distribution, finding Titan's refusal to hire an applicant was unlawful and that its reasons for withdrawing the offer were pretextual.