by Jay-Anne B. Casuga
Originally published: June 13, 2016
Two applicants with achondroplasia dwarfism who weren't selected for production jobs at a Fiat Chrysler plant in Michigan can't proceed with federal or state law disability bias claims, a federal judge ruled ( Snyder v. Chrysler Grp., LLC , 2016 BL 185903, E.D. Mich., No. 15-12238, 6/10/16 ).
The case offers an example of applicants failing to show they are qualified individuals with disabilities entitled to protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. A qualified individual within the meaning of the two laws is someone who can perform a job's essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation for his or her disability.
Matthew Vallelunga and Thomas Snyder failed to make such a showing because neither obtained the proper scores in a two-part hiring assessment, Judge Thomas L. Ludington of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan held June 10, granting summary judgment to FCA US LLC.