Discrimination

Housing discrimination complaints were up in 2010

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Housing Discrimination Claims Up
The Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual report for complaints under the Fair Housing Act, finding that almost half the complaints were based on disability discrimination. The number of discrimination complaints based on…

Starbucks to pay barista $75,000 in discrimination suit

Monday, August 29, 2011 Starbucks has reached a settlement with an individual with dwarfism who claimed she was fired after requesting assistance to accommodate her disability, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Thursday. Starbucks will pay $75,000 to Elsa Sallard and will providing training…

Athlete with Down Syndrome ruled ineligible

Monday, August 22, 2011Brett Bowden, a 19-year-old with Down Syndrome, leads his high school football team in North Carolina onto the field every game. He is beloved by his teammates and has made significant contributions on the gridiron, including a touchdown.
Eligibility Dispute…

Obama Administration highlights accomplishments on ADA anniversary

Monday, July 25, 2011President Obama released a proclamation July 25 in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, calling it “one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation in our Nation’s history.”
The White House in …

DOJ intervenes in student diabetes case

Monday, June 20, 2011
News from Kentucky
The Department of Justice filed an amicus brief June 7 on behalf of a boy with diabetes who filed a discrimination lawsuit against his school in Kentucky after it refused to train non-medical personnel to assist him…

Housing discrimination alleged in three states

Sunday, June 5, 2011
Universal Access Symbol
The U.S. Justice Department alleges in a lawsuit filed May 19 that nine multi-family apartment complexes, located across three states, are discriminating against people with disabilities, in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit lists…

Starbucks sued for disability discrimination

Friday, June 3, 2011
Texas
A Starbucks in El Paso, Texas hired Elsa Sallard in July 2009 for a customer service position. On her third day of training, Sallard, who has dwarfism, asked for either a stool or step ladder to assist her with…

Disability benefits denials under fire in New York

Thursday, April 14, 2011The Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project filed a class action lawsuit against the Social Security Administration on April 12, charging that a court in Queens that hears appeals of Social Security disability cases imposes a “brick wall of bias”…

A teaching moment for disability bullying

Thursday, February 17, 2011The CBS Evening News ran a powerful story Monday evening about the bullying of a 13-year-old boy with juvenile arthritis. After being diagnosed, the boy was mocked repeatedly for his limp. Others students called him names, such as “chicken legs,”…

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