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UPS May Appeal Ruling on Deaf Drivers

IN BRIEF / COURTS

October 23, 2004|From Reuters

United Parcel Service Inc. said it might appeal a court decision that the world's largest package carrier cannot bar all deaf people from driving its trucks.

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled that UPS had failed to show that deaf drivers had a higher accident rate.

The federal government allows private companies to set their own safety standards for drivers of lighter trucks.

The plaintiffs' lawyers estimate that about 1,000 UPS employees are deaf.

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