When Stanford Burris applied for a job as a truck driver with Delaware-based Richards Paving Inc. in 2003, he thought his 40 years of experience made him a perfect candidate. But despite his experience, Richards didn't hire Burris. He alleges the company rejected him not because he was unqualified, but because managers perceived him as disabled because he didn't have a larynx.
Burris, who had his larynx surgically removed in 1991 because of cancer, sued under the ADA in 2004. According to his complaint, a manager at Richards told Burris the company wouldn't hire him because it was too difficult to hear his voice over the CB radio system.