Turner Industries sued for disability discrimination by employee who is missing left hand

Michelle Keahey May 25, 2012, 7:47am

NEW ORLEANS - An industrial company is being sued for disability discrimination by an employee who is missing a left hand and requires prescription medication.

Henry J. Huffman filed suit against Turner Industries Group on April 26 in federal court in New Orleans.

Huffman lost his left hand in 1986 and now has limited use of his hand due to the loss, which causes daily pain. He states that his condition does not affect his ability to perform the essential functions of his job, but it does require him to take certain prescription medications.

He has a six year employment history with Turner Industries.

In September 2011, Huffman was offered employment as a welder by Kyle Woods for a "turnaround" position with Turner Industries. As a part of the pre-employment process, he had to participate in a drug screening.

According to the lawsuit, Huffman was required to obtain a medical release from his physician regarding his medical condition after the results of the drug test. The physician recommended that Huffman be allowed to take his prescribed medication during working hours, if needed.

Huffman claims he was denied this employment opportunity because of his doctor's statement.

The defendant is accused of unlawful, discriminatory conduct toward Huffman in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The plaintiff is asking the Court for an award of damages for lost wages, lost benefits, pecuniary losses, attorney's fees, and court costs.

Huffman is represented by Baton Rouge attorney J. Arthur Smith, III.

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-01061

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