Gunnels v. John Ashcroft and Akal Security, Inc.

The firm represented an experienced Court Security Officer who lost his job because of a hearing impairment. The government allowed him to wear hearing aids on the job, and his impairment (from years of police work) was fully disclosed when he was hired. But “new” standards for testing prohibited him from wearing hearing aids while taking the required hearing tests, which meant that he did not pass the test.

The district court denied the employers’ request for summary judgment and the case settled before trial.