YAKIMA, Wash. — A Utah man has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, claiming the school refused to allow him to study medicine because he is deaf.
In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Yakima, Zachary Featherstone said the Terrace Heights-based school violated federal and state anti-discrimination statutes, as well as breached a contract with him when it barred his enrollment. The suit seeks unspecified damages, a pledge against future discrimination and Featherstone’s enrollment in the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“It’s definitely been his lifelong dream to become a doctor, and he knows he can be successful at (PNWU) and as a doctor,” said Emily Teplin Fox, an attorney with Markowitz, Herbold, Glade and Mehlhaf in Portland, one of two law firms representing Featherstone in the suit. “They just need to give him a chance.”