Requiring Job Applicants to Complete a Medical History Form is Ruled a Violation of the ADA

A federal judge recently found that an employer violated both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by requiring job applicants to fill out a medical history form that included illegal questions about their medical history.

Phillip Sullivan, a retired law enforcement officer who sought employment with Grisham Farm Products, Inc., was informed he would not be considered for employment if he did not complete a three-page form about his health history.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit after failing to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

The lawsuit, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Grisham Farm Products, Inc., Civil Action No. 6:16-CV-3105 MDH, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Southern Division.

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