Charlene lost both her legs in a car accident when she was 19. She has applied for a job with Microsoft Products in the company’s quality control lab. The job requires inspectors to randomly check products coming off the assembly line for defects. Historically, all inspectors have stood two-hour shifts. Charlene proposes to sit in her wheelchair. The company refuses to hire her because it says she will be less efficient. Charlene’s previous employment record shows her to be a diligent, serious worker and she has 10 yrs. experience in this field.
1. Does Charlene have a legal right to be hired?
2. What potential laws is Microsoft violating?
3. What additional facts might you want to know in coming to a final decision on Charlene’s matter?