Revoking Conditional Job Offer to Legally Blind Applicant Did Not Violate ADA

October 09, 2019

A chicken processing plant operator did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it revoked a conditional job offer to a legally blind applicant after learning about his limitations during the medical screening process, a federal court in Georgia ruled, dismissing his claims. In holding that he was not a qualified individual under the ADA, the court found that weighing, measuring, and mixing seasoning and other ingredients and operating and monitoring machinery were essential functions of the job for which he had applied, and his eye doctor specifically reported he could not work with machinery and equipment or do tasks requiring "good vision".