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PRESS RELEASE
12-29-11

RCC Consultants, Inc. Sued for Disability Discrimination

Company Failed to Hire an Applicant Because of his Disability, EEOC Charges

RICHMOND, VA – RCC Consultants, Inc. (RCC Consultants) violated federal  disability discrimination law when it refused to hire an individual at its  mid-Atlantic regional office located in Glen Allen, Virginia because of his  disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in  a lawsuit it filed today. RCC Consultants,  a New Jersey-based company, is an international telecommunications engineering,  consulting and integration firm that has regional offices throughout the United States.

According to the EEOC’s complaint, RCC Consultants failed to hire  Stanton Woodcock for a managing consultant position because of his disability,  ocular albinism. Ocular albinism is an  inherited condition in which the eyes lack melanin pigment. Because of the lack of melanin pigment in his  eyes, Woodcock has a variety of vision problems which substantially limit his ability  to see. On or about October 17, 2007,  Woodcock interviewed for a managing consultant position at RCC Consultant’s  Glen Allen, Virginia  facility. Woodcock was offered the  position. According to the EEOC’s  complaint, around late-October 2007, when RCC Consultants learned that Woodcock  did not have a driver’s license and does not drive because of his disability,  RCC Consultants rescinded the offer of employment. Although Woodcock was fully qualified to  perform the duties of the managing consultant position, RCC Consultants  unlawfully failed to hire him for the position because of his disability, the  complaint alleges.

Such alleged conduct violates Title I of the Americans with  Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits private employers from discriminating  against qualified individuals with disabilities in hiring, firing, advancement,  compensation, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court  for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. RCC Consultants, Inc., Civil  Action No. 3:11-cv-00864), after first attempting to reach a voluntary  settlement out of court. The suit seeks  back pay, compensatory damages and punitive damages for Woodcock, as well as  injunctive and other non-monetary relief.

“It’s  unfortunate that twenty years after the enactment of the Americans with  Disabilities Act, some employers still react to applicants and employees based  on myths, fears or stereotypes about a certain impairment that the individual  may have and how that impairment might affect the individual’s ability to  perform a job,” said  Lynette A. Barnes, Regional Attorney for the EEOC’s Charlotte District  office. “This suit should remind  employers that the EEOC will not waiver in enforcing the ADA.”

The  EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. Further information about  the Commission is available on its web site at www.eeoc.gov.