Man sues Thornhill Automotive for ADA violations

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 13, 2016

CHARLESTON – A man is suing Thornhill Automotive Inc. after he claims it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Thornhill Group Inc.; Thornhill Group Inc.; and John Doe were also named as defendants in the suit.

Shane Frye the Americans With Disabilities Act defines drug addiction as a disability and the defendants violated the ADA by enacting a policy that current employees and potential qualified employees who had a disability were terminated or rejected from employment, according to a complaint filed in Mingo Circuit Court in April and removed to federal court on July 5.

Frye claims he was hired in November 2015 and was forced to participate in drug screenings.

When he testified for a legal drug that was prescribed to combat his addiction, his employment was immediately terminated, according to the suit.

Frye claims the defendants cited its policy that it refuses to employ anyone with a drug addiction disability, which violates the ADA.

The plaintiff, as well as all other similarly situated individuals who worked for the defendant corporations or applied to the defendant corporations have been harmed by the defendants’ policy, according to the suit.

Frye claims the defendants’ actions also violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

Frye is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by D. Adrian Hoosier II of Lord Hoosier PLLC.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number: 2:16-cv-06007

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