Deaf Package Handler at Philadelphia International Airport Files Federal Lawsuit Against UPS

A deaf UPS package handler at Philadelphia International Airport has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the company has failed to provide him with an interpreter and other reasonable accommodations so he can effectively communicate at work.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports 37-year-old Michael MacDonald alleges he's faced stigmatization and anxiety over workplace safety.

The south Philadelphia man was born deaf. He says through an interpreter that he can do tasks by himself, but needs an interpreter during meetings.

The lawsuit alleges that UPS violated the American Disabilities Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. MacDonald seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

A UPS spokeswoman says the company has provided reasonable accommodations to him, but wouldn't comment on the litigation.

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