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Medical Testing on Job Applicants

A federal appeals court has ruled that an employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by basing a hiring decision on a medical test before the applicants had completed the rest of the hiring process. The court also allowed the applicants’ invasion of privacy claim to proceed to trial because the employer could not prove that its extensive blood testing procedure was standard in the industry. (Leonel v. American Airlines, Inc., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, No. 03-15890, 2005).leonel_americanairline0605.pdf