Court Order Preserves Jobs For Firm Employing Blind Workers

Court Order Preserves Jobs For Firm Employing Blind Workers

9:59am Sep 05, 2017
A legal battle is potentially threatening 52 IFB employees, many of whom are blind or visually impaired. (DAVID FORD/WFDD)

A federal judge has ruled that a Triad company can continue to employ dozens of blind workers.

The judge ruled Friday that it's in the public interest to allow IFB Solutions to continue to employ nearly four dozen blind and severely handicapped workers until the case is resolved.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that nearly $15 million in annual revenue is at stake for the nonprofit group formerly known as Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind Inc.

The group's Winston-Salem optical lab is in the middle of a dispute between the U.S. Veterans Administration and PDS, the New Jersey company that has a contract to manufacture eyeglasses for the agency.

The ruling means the VA is not allowed to change its current hiring contract.

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