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The federal government is suing an employment agency with offices across the country alleging discrimination after a man with Asperger’s syndrome was denied a job shortly after disclosing his disability.

Jason O’Dell applied for work as a lab technician through a Randstad office in Frederick, Md. The company was initially quite interested in O’Dell, but soon after he revealed his Asperger’s diagnosis, O’Dell was told that hiring for the position was “on hold,” according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this month.

Nonetheless, Randstad continued to recruit for the position, the suit alleges, and did not give further consideration to O’Dell.

The EEOC charges that Randstad acted in in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act and is seeking back wages for O’Dell, punitive damages and wants the company to change its policies with regard to hiring individuals with disabilities.

“We brought this lawsuit because of Randstad’s dismissive treatment of Mr. O’Dell based on its apparent presumptions about individuals with disabilities and their ability to be productive employees,” said Debra M. Lawrence, a regional attorney with the EEOC. “It is exactly this type of prejudicial and stereotypical decision making that the ADA aims to eradicate.”

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  1. fairlady68 says:

    A person with Asperger’s would likely make a very good lab tech. It’s their loss. I am so thankful my employers at a community college recognize my assets and are willing to work with me on managing my disability.

  2. msamericanpatriot says:

    That just goes to show how cold hearted American business can be. No wonder unemployment rates for people with autism are at 70% according to the Autism Society. We would love to have paying jobs too instead of being stuck and imprisioned in our parents homes all day.

  3. burgerkinghorn says:

    Contact information for Ranstad in Frederick, MD

    1003 WEST 7TH STREET,SUITE 100
    FREDERICK, Maryland 21702
    phone number : 240/379-6592
    fax number : 240-379-6486

  4. finally_gone_postal says:

    I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome after I won my job on merit – Also a technical job. The Diagnosis was traumatic enough, but since my disclosure to my supervisor, I have been fighting an uphill battle to the extent where I actually have to justify why I deserve working in my position. I would rather be doing my job whilst not being told that I’m incapable and because I’m naturally introverted and don’t understand non-verbal communication.

  5. Ed says:

    How dare a company be allowed to make a profit the best way it seems fit! We all know that companies should ALWAYS put bureaucratic laws ahead of business!

    Makes you wonder who the customer is: the paying receiver or the government and it’s draconian policies.

    BTW…I have a guy “working” next to me with Aspergers and he’s a disaster. They can’t seem to get rid of him.

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