PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Federal watchdogs are suing Portland-based Viewpoint Construction Software and its recruiting company CampusPoint Corp., alleging they refused to hire a deaf candidate.
Viewpoint makes software that construction companies use to plan and manage large projects. It was sold to California-based Trimble for $ 1.2 billion in 2018, but continues to operate as Viewpoint, The Oregonian / OregonLive reported.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges that a man named Indigo Matthew applied to work as a Viewpoint Product and Price Analyst in 2018. Matthew suffers from significant hearing loss , but passed an initial examination of both companies, according to the lawsuit.
While an interview was conducted with the help of a video relay service and Matthew said he could lip read in one-on-one meetings, the lawsuit says he asked for a language interpreter. American signs for his group interview.
According to the EEOC, Viewpoint and CampusPoint refused to pay for it and “mistakenly assumed that Matthew would need a full-time interpreter if he was hired for the analyst position.”
Viewpoint denied Matthew’s request and was unable to have them reconsidered, according to the EEOC.
Neither Viewpoint nor CampusPoint responded to the newspaper’s requests for comment
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Portland U.S. District Court, seeks an injunction to prevent Viewpoint and CampusPoint from discriminating against job applicants and paying Matthew for loss of compensation and unspecified punitive damages.