ST. LOUIS (AP) - A quadriplegic lawyer has sued producers of NBC's 'The Apprentice,' saying the tryouts for the popular reality show discriminate by requiring that would-be contestants be in excellent physical health.

In his federal lawsuit, James Schottel Jr. wants a preliminary injunction that would force the show's producers to drop such requirements that exclude him and 'others similarly situated' from being considered for the show. He is seeking no other monetary damages.

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Should this man win his lawsuit against Donald Trump and `The Apprentice` for not allowing disabled people on the show?
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A quadriplegic lawyer has sued producers of NBC`s `The Apprentice,` saying the tryouts for the popular reality show discriminate by requiring that would-be contestants be in excellent physical health.

In his federal lawsuit, James Schottel Jr. wants a preliminary injunction that would force the show`s producers to drop such requirements that exclude him and `others similarly situated` from being considered for the show. He is seeking no other monetary damages.

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17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/18/05 - 2:32:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don't think so because some of the activities might REQUIRE you be in peak condition or you can't do it. And if you can't there's no point in being on the show. Not being mean or anything...
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/19/05 - 1:35:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's not just about physical health. Heck, I probably don't qualify according to some of their rules. Show business is inherently discriminatory--that's the point--it's all about show. I'm definitely not saying that this is right, but it's how it works.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/24/05 - 1:37:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
True, it is a television show. However, the purpose of the show is to compete for employment. In the reality outside of reality TV, it's not ok to discriminate against the disabled when considering potential employees. You must consider everyone who is qualified for the position.
If Trump had chosen to discriminate based on gender, race, or sexual orientation rather than physical abilty, it would have been stopped long ago.
As a society, we need to start addressing such instances of Ableism.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 2/26/05 - 3:20:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure. Its not like Trump has no money, he should just donate some to a handicapped people fund of some kind in exchange for the guy dropping the case. The man sueing shouldnt recieve any money directly though, because he suffered no harm from any of this.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 2/26/05 - 3:48:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's unfair that The Apprentice isn't open to ALL people, but life is unfair. The man does not meet the criteria to make him eligible as a contestant. He needs to accept that and move on with his life.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 2/26/05 - 3:56:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Jesus Christ, enough with the frivilous lawsuits. Trump just ought to let this bloodsucker try out, then fire his crippled ass on the first show. Then maybe he would shut the hell up.

Should this guy sue the St. Louis Cardinals if they don't let him try out for the baseball team?

If the job requires physical ability, then a quadriplegic probably ain't the guy you want to hire.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/10/05 - 1:30:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/05 - 7:07:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
to many lawsuits
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/9/05 - 5:04:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
no, of course not. while i am all for giving rights to disabled people, it has to be something that they are physically able to do. no one would think it was discrimination if a taxi company refused to hire a blind taxi driver becuase he couldnt see.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/11/05 - 10:11:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
i'd like to see the reasons Donald Trump gave before i criticise them.
17 yrs ago - Friday 4/22/05 - 4:54:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ridiculous.
The show is Donald's and the producers. If someone doesn't like the way they run THEIR show, let them start up their own.

It is unreasonable to try and impose equality like this in everything.... too many lawyers, Falstaff was right.

17 yrs ago - Friday 4/22/05 - 4:56:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
It isn't illegal discrimination if the person is physically unable to do the work...
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 6/30/05 - 9:58:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes typeatme is right. There show, they make the rules not the crippled who couldnt do the winning job n e ways. How is he supposed to help build building when he cant enter a half completed thing to inspect the work?
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 6/30/05 - 10:00:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
Push the crippled guy down the stairs of a half completed project, whereas they havent completed ramps because they need STAIRS for the uncrippled workers... Lets see if he can do the job.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 6/30/05 - 10:01:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
I hate it when people try to abuse their disabilities it makes me sick. They deserve to be crippled if they are going to act in such a wretched way.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/3/05 - 7:09:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, Trump needs to hire people who can physically do whatever the task at hand is.



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