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What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in ADA Policies and Procedures | Comments Off on What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the...

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What was the Focus of the Americans with Disability Act

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in ADA Policies and Procedures, ADA Violation | Comments Off on What was the Focus of the Americans with Disability Act

According to U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division: Barriers to employment, transportation, public accommodations, public services, and telecommunications have imposed staggering economic and social costs on American society and have undermined our well-intentioned efforts to educate, rehabilitate, and employ individuals with disabilities. By breaking down these barriers, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will enable society to benefit from the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities, will allow us all to gain...

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Iowa Senate Employee Files Sexual Harassment Suit

Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in ADA Violation | Comments Off on Iowa Senate Employee Files Sexual Harassment Suit

A former Iowa Republican Senate Caucus employee has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was fired from her job after complaining about sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, who was communications director for the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus, was dismissed from her position in May 2013 after she had witnessed sexual innuendo and inappropriate behavior by her male colleagues. The lawsuit was filed in Polk County District Court and seeks back pay and benefits, plus compensatory damages.

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Civil Rights of Individuals with Disabilities who are Unnecessarily Segregated in Sheltered Workshops

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in ADA Accommodations, ADA Policies and Procedures | Comments Off on Civil Rights of Individuals with Disabilities who are Unnecessarily Segregated in Sheltered Workshops

U.S. v. Rhode Island – 1:14-cv-00175 – (D.R.I. 2014) On April 8, 2014, the United States entered into the nation’s first statewide settlement agreement vindicating the civil rights of individuals with disabilities who are unnecessarily segregated in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs.  The settlement agreement with the State of Rhode Island resolves the Civil Rights Division’s January 6, 2014 findings, as part of an ADA Olmstead investigation that the State’s day activity service system over-relies on segregated settings,...

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Children with disabilities in integrated setting appropriate to their needs

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in ADA Accommodations | Comments Off on Children with disabilities in integrated setting appropriate to their needs

U.S. v. Florida – 1:13-cv-61576 – (S.D. Fla. 2013) On July 22, 2013, the United States filed a lawsuit against the State of Florida in federal district court to remedy ADA violations involving the State’s failure to provide services and supports to children with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The lawsuit alleges that, as a result of the manner in which Florida administers its service system for children with significant medical needs, children with disabilities are unnecessarily segregated in...

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Persons with disabilities – Facility Based and workshops

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in ADA Accommodations, ADA Violation | Comments Off on Persons with disabilities – Facility Based and workshops

U.S. v. Rhode Island – 1:14-cv-00175 – (D.R.I. 2014) On April 8, 2014, the United States entered into the nation’s first statewide settlement agreement vindicating the civil rights of individuals with disabilities who are unnecessarily segregated in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs.  The settlement agreement with the State of Rhode Island resolves the Civil Rights Division’s January 6, 2014 findings, as part of an ADA Olmstead investigation, which the State’s day activity service system over-relies on segregated settings,...

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Suit Filed Against 3 Medical Facilities For Not Providing Interpreter

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in ADA Accommodations, ADA Effective Communication | Comments Off on Suit Filed Against 3 Medical Facilities For Not Providing Interpreter

The family of a deaf man who died of cancer has filed a lawsuit alleging that health care professionals repeatedly denied the deaf family’s requests to receive accommodations including a sign language interpreter. The lawsuit accuses three New York medical facilities “of discrimination and violating the state Human Rights Law and federal Americans with Disabilities Act.” The lawsuit is seeking a court order requiring that the medical facilities provide interpreters.

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United Airlines Overtime Policy ADA Settlement

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in ADA Policies and Procedures, ADA Violation | Comments Off on United Airlines Overtime Policy ADA Settlement

EEOC v. United Airlines (settlement agreement entered 2009) United Airlines agreed to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the Commission alleging that the Chicago-based company’s overtime policy violated the ADA. The suit arose from a charge filed by Samuel Chetcuti, a storekeeper working for United at the San Francisco International Airport. The Commission’s suit asserted that United’s policy of denying the opportunity to work overtime to anyone placed on light or limited duty had greater repercussions for employees with disabilities, since...

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Sears inflexible workers’ compensation leave exhaustion policy

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in ADA Policies and Procedures, ADA Violation | Comments Off on Sears inflexible workers’ compensation leave exhaustion policy

EEOC v. Sears, Roebuck & Co. (consent decree entered 2009) The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought this landmark disability discrimination lawsuit alleging that Sears maintained an inflexible workers’ compensation leave exhaustion policy and terminated employees instead of providing them with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities, in violation of the ADA.  The case resulted in the largest monetary recovery in a settlement of a single ADA lawsuit in EEOC history. Under the terms of the consent decree, the EEOC...

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The Department of Justice has reached a settlement with Newseum Inc.

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in ADA Accommodations, ADA Barrier Removal | Comments Off on The Department of Justice has reached a settlement with Newseum Inc.

The Department of Justice announced on 12/6/13 that it has reached a settlement with Newseum Inc., which owns and operates the Newseum, to address alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the settlement, the Newseum must take steps to ensure that all of its facilities are accessible to people with disabilities, including: Providing additional wheelchair spaces and companion seats Providing assistive listening devices for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing Ensuring that the operating controls of all Newseum...

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