Judge: UPS Freight violated law in pay for disabled drivers

Ruling announced on behalf of Kansas City UPS employee

July 31, 2018 - 5:05 am

A federal judge in Kansas says UPS Freight has violated federal law by paying drivers with disabilities less than other drivers when they are temporarily moved to non-driving jobs.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's regional office in St. Louis announced the ruling Monday on behalf of Thomas Diebold, a UPS Freight driver in Kansas City, Kansas, who was moved to a non-driving job after a minor stroke in 2013.

The EEOC says a UPS Freight policy formalized in a collective bargaining agreement allows drivers with disabilities who are reassigned to non-driving work to earn 10 percent less than drivers reassigned for non-medical reasons, such as losing their license for legal reasons.

UPS says it has "robust" policies for accommodating people with disabilities, and the company plans to appeal.

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