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EEOC sues Union Pacific over using flawed test to disqualify workers

Posted on October 13, 2023


  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has joined more than a dozen former workers in suing Union Pacific over the way it used a vision test to disqualify workers the railroad believed were color blind and might have trouble reading signals telling them to stop a train.
  • Union Pacific fired some of their workers when they didn’t pass a new vision test. The new test doesn’t copy real-world situations or show if workers can correctly identify railroad signals.
  • The workers in the lawsuit were doing their jobs successfully for Union Pacific for between two and 30 years without any safety problems.
  • The EEOC says what Union Pacific is doing is against the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read more about Union Pacific’s testing of its employees.

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