The EEOC has sued Oilfield Instrumentation, U.S.A., Inc., which has an office in Louisiana and operates in the Gulf, for withdrawing a job offer to an applicant because of his diabetes. According to the suit, after a required physical exam, Oilfield Instrumentation was then informed that the candidate, Carl J. Devalcourt III, is a Type I insulin-dependent diabetic. The company then told him through the doctor that performed the exam that they were no longer interested in proceeding with the employment process. In a letter addressed to Oilfield Instrumentation, the doctor stated that Type I diabetics are “fragile” and determined that Devalcourt was not qualified for the position of service technician simply because he has that condition. This is in spite of the fact that he had worked offshore previously for two years. The EEOC filed its lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Oilfield Instrumentation is an oilfield services company that provides real-time drilling instrumentation. It has offices in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, North Dakota, California and Pennsylvania.
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