A federal judge has ruled two individuals who applied for jobs with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles cannot proceed with federal or state law disability bias claims, Bloomberg reports.
The job applicants, who are diagnosed with achondroplasia dwarfism, were not selected for jobs at an unnamed FCA production plant in Michigan. They had attempted to file federal or state disability bias claims via the Americans with Disabilities Act, however the applicants were found to be under qualified for reasons not related to their disability.
FCA’s hiring process requires all applicants to pass an ‘Automated Production Simulation’ (APS) test, which mimics various tasks that may be performed on a production line. Applicants are also required to take a “computer-based, multi-format, multiple-choice test,” that measures various skills related to worker competence.
In order to be considered for a position, applicants must score above the 20th percentile in both tests. One applicant finished in the 20th percentile in the APS test, meaning they were physically able to complete the job, but did not pass the worker competence test. The second applicant failed to finish in the 20th percentile in either evaluation.