Lawsuit Against UMB Financial Corp. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Wednesday against UMB Financial Corp., charging the firm with denying a Kansas City man a job because he is a quadriplegic.
The suit claims the Kansas City-based bank refused to hire Rodney Graves in late 2002 as a customer support and sales agent because of his disability. Graves, 47, sustained paralysis from a football injury 29 years ago, the agency said.
Back Pay And Damages
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, seeks back pay and damages for Graves.
“Employers must remember that disability does not mean inability,” Lynn Bruner, a spokeswoman for the agency’s St. Louis office, said in a statement.