BNSF Can't Escape Obese Man's Disability Bias Claim

Law360 (March 5, 2018, 9:36 PM EST) -- BNSF Railway Co. regarded an applicant for an equipment operator job as a “ticking time bomb” when it denied him a job over concerns his obesity would cause an accident, an Illinois federal judge said Monday in an order denying the company’s bid for a quick win in the applicant's discrimination suit.

Though worker Ronald Shell was not disabled under most courts' interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which bars discrimination against workers with disabilities, BNSF may have violated the law by treating him as...
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Case Information

Case Title

Shell v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company

Case Number



Illinois Northern

Nature of Suit

445(Civil Rights: Americans with Disabilities - Employment)


Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman

Date Filed

December 8, 2015

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