Published: Aug 16, 2011 7:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing an insurance company, alleging the firm violated federal law by refusing to hire a North Carolina man after he disclosed he was participating in a methadone treatment program for a drug addiction.
EEOC attorney Lynette Barnes said Tuesday the suit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Raleigh against United Insurance Co. of America. The suit contends the firm violated federal disability discrimination law by refusing to hire 30-year-old Craig Barnes after he disclosed he was taking methadone as part of an addiction treatment program.
The suit says the company offered to hire Burns as an insurance agent, but told him he wasn't eligible after he disclosed he was taking methadone.
A call to the company wasn't immediately returned.

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