Man Suing TN Plant for Not Hiring Him

TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- A job applicant claims he was denied a job at a Black & Decker plant in Tennessee after failing a test used to predict the likelihood of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Victor Breehne has filed a class action suit in Tennessee, claiming the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Breehne applied for a job last year at a Black & Decker plant in Jackson that manufactures Porter Cable brand power tools. He says in a court filing that he was offered the job contingent on passing a medical exam. The court papers say a company doctor stimulated forearm nerves that control hand muscles and concluded it would be inappropriate to hire Breehne for the job.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has also challenged the tests.

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