Human Side of Engineering

In the May 1998 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "The Uncommon Side: The slow learner -- Part I." In that case, four maintenance employees had taken the qualifying test to become Electrician Grade I.
By Raymond Dreyfack October 1, 1998

In the May 1998 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented “The Uncommon Side: The slow learner — Part I.” In that case, four maintenance employees had taken the qualifying test to become Electrician Grade I. Three qualified; Joe Chernoff was the only rejectee. He had completed only 3/4 of the hand-on section, and about 2/3 of the written part. Chernoff claimed that he had Attention Deficit Disorder and under the Americans with Disabilities Act, he should have been given extra time to complete the test. Maintenance Foreman Harry Altshuler disagreed and refused to let him finish the test. Chernoff threatened to file a grievance if he was not given special consideration under ADA.

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