Discrimination

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,”…

Supermarket to pay millions in discrimination case

Wednesday, January 26, 2011Supervalu Inc. will pay $3.2 million to 110 individuals illegally fired from stores in its Chicago-based Jewel-Osco supermarket chain in one of the largest employment discrimination cases ever under the Americans with Disabilities Act. From 2003 to 2009, the supermarket…

Report highlights rampant employment discrimination

Wednesday, January 26, 2011The National Disability Rights Network released a new report Jan. 18 calling for the end of subminimum wages and poor working conditions for people with disabilities. The 60-page report, titled “Segregated and Exploited: The Failure of the Disability Service…

Private school network to pay $215,000 in discrimination suit

Tuesday, January 25, 2011Nobel Learning Communities Inc., which operates a network of more than 180 private schools in 15 states nationwide, reached a settlement with the Justice Department after being investigated for discriminating against children with disabilities. Under the terms of the settlement,…

Boy with service dog turned away from hospital

Thursday, January 20, 2011Kentucky Protection and Advocacy filed a lawsuit Jan. 12 on behalf of a 12-year-old boy who was denied access to a hospital because he insisted on being accompanied by his service dog. For safety reasons, the boy, who has autism…

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