Magazine article Security Management

Ada

Magazine article Security Management

Ada

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ADA. A federal appeals court has ruled that an insulation manufacturing plant did not discriminate against a potential employee when it declined to hire him. The applicant suffered from diabetes but had not taken steps to control his illness or care for himself. This lack of attention made the applicant a significant safety risk at the plant, and the company was within its rights to refuse him employment, ruled the court.

Employees at the Thermafiber plant in Wabash, Indiana, manufacture insulation. The process involves melting rock and blast furnace slag in a 2,600-degree furnace. The molten material then drops onto rotating wheels where it is cooled and spun into rock fibers. These fibers are molded into boards and cured in ovens that reach 600 degrees.

After cooling, the boards are passed through a series of saws and high-speed blades. Operators at the plant retrieve the pieces from the conveyor belt and move them to another belt to be shrink-wrapped and sent out.

In August 2001, Brent Darnell applied for a job at Thermafiber. The company offered Darnell a job contingent on a medical exam. During the exam, doctors learned that Darnell had Type I Diabetes and was dependent on insulin. …

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