[Pibe-division] Driver's License required? What the EEOC says

Walker, Carlton CWalker at nfb.org
Mon Mar 14 15:36:58 UTC 2016


To me, this is the heart of the matter:

"Furthermore, it is important to determine whether driving is the objective to be accomplished or an incidental means for accomplishing the true objective. For example, driving could be an essential function for a person whose job requires that he deliver water pipes. This is especially true where others load and unload the pipes and this individual's function is simply to drive the truck to make the delivery.

But, driving may not be an essential function for an engineer who must inspect pipes around the district. Engineers generally may drive themselves, but the essential function is to inspect the pipes. Driving is incidental to this job function -- the means to get to the site where pipes need to be inspected. The critical function is using one's experience, skills, and expertise to inspect pipes, evaluate the need for repairs or replacements, to bring in other skilled workers if necessary, and to order appropriate repairs or replacements."


Carlton Anne Cook Walker, J.D., M.B.A., M.Ed.
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
Manager of Braille Education Programs
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Baltimore, MD   21230
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