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Muhammad v. Stagecoach

AFL Attorneys Represent Workers Challenging Disability Discrimination


The new policy agreed on by Coach and the plaintiffs in both the Muhammad and Bostic cases retains numerical criteria for assessing drivers with non-insulin-treated diabetes.  But in no event are drivers suspended or rejected for hiring based on a single test result, without the ability to provide additional medical and other evidence demonstrating their ability to manage their diabetes and to drive safely.  AFL, the ADA and Coach USA all are hopeful the new policy can provide a model for other transportation firms with employment policies concerning employees with diabetes that do not as carefully employ sound science and sensitivity to safety.

AFL attorneys represented the plaintiffs in conjunction with local counsel Robert Hermann and Glen Savits, and disability law expert Gregory Paul.

What’s at Stake

The successful resolution of this case has far-reaching implications for older workers. The incidence of diabetes increases dramatically with age. More than half of the 26 million Americans estimated to have diabetes are over age 60, and of people age 65 and above nearly 20% have diabetes of some type – most, like the plaintiffs in the two cases, treat their condition with oral medication, rather than insulin.  Moreover, many other older workers have chronic conditions and/or disabilities other than diabetes that may subject them to difficulties at work due to employers who rely on outdated or uninformed scientific or medical criteria in evaluating such workers’ ability to do the job.

Case Status

Muhammad v. Stagecoach
and Bostic v. Coach USA (in N.J. Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ill. respectively) both were settled and dismissed in January, 2014.

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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect nearly 20 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four impact areas: Tackling Senior Hunger, Paving the Way to Stable Income, assuring the adequacy and availability of Safe and Afffordable Housing and Reconnecting People to Families and Communities, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.