Discrimination

Supreme Court declines to hear “child find requirement” case

Wednesday, January 11, 2012The Supreme Court has determined that it will let stand a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision that held that a school can be held liable under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for failing to identify…

Report details vast discrimination in health care facilities

Tuesday, November 29, 2011The Equal Rights Center recently released an extensive report highlighting a range of Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility violations in health care facilities. According to the report, just 25 percent of the nation’s medical service providers are accessible to people…

Housing discrimination complaints were up in 2010

Tuesday, September 6, 2011The 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 disability increased to  4,839…

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. But just…

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 proclamation highlights the…

DOJ intervenes in student diabetes case

Monday, June 20, 2011The 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 with his insulin…

Housing discrimination alleged in three states

Sunday, June 5, 2011The 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 a range of…

Starbucks sued for disability discrimination

Friday, June 3, 2011A 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 helping…

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