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Norfolk Southern Defeats Ex-Engineer’s Medical Records Bias Suit

Jan. 14, 2022, 6:53 PM

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. was entitled to request medical records from a former engineer once involved in a train accident and whose drug test showed regulated substances, the Fourth Circuit affirmed Friday in an Americans with Disabilities Act case.

Michael Coffey Jr. was operating a train that derailed in 2012. Testing showed amphetamines in his system. Coffey was allowed to keep working subject to drug tests.

A 2016 test detected amphetamines and codeine, which Coffey said were from prescription medications for ADHD and back pain.

The railroad requested medical records multiple times, and Coffey said he repeatedly asked his doctors ...

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