Werner to pay more than $300k to deaf trucker in discrimination lawsuit | Land Line

A federal judge has ordered Werner Enterprises to pay a deaf trucker six figures in a discrimination case, significantly reducing a jury verdict awarding tens of millions of dollars.

A judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska recently entered a final judgment in favor of Victor Robinson for more than $335,000 in a disability discrimination lawsuit against Werner. In September, a jury awarded Robinson more than $36 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

The trial revealed a practice of not hiring hearing-impaired drivers, which the court ordered Werner to document for the next three years.

Werner accused of denying employment to deaf drivers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit against Werner in 2018 after failing to reach a settlement out of court.

Robinson, who has been deaf since birth, received an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from the hearing regulation in March 2015. He received his CDL in February 2016 after completing CDL school at Roadmaster Drivers School in Indianapolis, a Werner-owned truck driving school.

Just before starting Werner’s orientation program, Robinson received a call from the company’s vice president of safety and compliance, Jaime Maus. Robinson explained to Maus how he is able to drive while being deaf. However, Maus told Robinson that he would not be hired because he could not hear.

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