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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act

On March 2, 2006, a federal jury "found in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in its employment discrimination lawsuit against Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC §12101, et. seq.). EEOC had charged the Memphis, Tenn.-based global shipping giant with failing to provide a reasonable accommodation to Ronald Lockhart, a profoundly deaf employee who worked as a package handler at the company’s Baltimore Ramp.

The suit charged Federal Express with violating the ADA when it failed to provide reasonable accommodations to Lockhart in the form of American Sign Language interpreters, despite his repeated requests. The jury found FedEx liable for punitive damages in the amount of $100,000 for its knowing failure to accommodate Lockhart as well as compensatory damages of $8,000 for the loss of the accommodation itself." In January 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the jury’s award.

Misconduct Type
Labor
Enforcement Agency
EEOC
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Jury Verdict
3/2/2006
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
FedEx Corporation $108,000
Further Information Released
Appellate Opinion 4/19/2008
EEOC Press Release 8/23/2006

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database