New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman comments on a civil rights violation complaint alleging that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) violated discrimination laws.
As reported by the New York Daily News, a one-handed man is accusing the TSA of disability discrimination for denying him employment as a screener because of his disability.
Michael Constantino, a former amateur boxer who was born without a left hand, applied for a TSA job at New York's LaGuardia Airport. WABC-TV New York reported that Constantino then cleared a background check, interviewed and passed an initial test whereby applicants pick out weapons on an X-ray screen.
Constantino said he was never asked to demonstrate his ability to perform job related tasks.
New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand that TSA officials made an assumption that Constantino couldn’t pat down passengers or check luggage because of his disability.
“The federal government is not exempt from laws that protect disabled workers. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disability by the federal government,” said David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.
The New York Daily News confirmed the TSA has one-armed screeners working at other airports including Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C.
About 5,500 complaints were filed by federal employees last year with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding alleged discrimination based on disabilities, reported MSNBC.com.
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