College students with disabilities connect

Sunday, October 16, 2011We Connect Now is an organization and resource for college students with disabilities aiming for higher education and employment opportunities.
As their mission states “We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people…

National Disability Employment Awareness Month kicks off

Sunday, October 9, 2011President Barack Obama released a proclamation October 3 in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Employment Awareness Month
He highlighted recent efforts by his administration to promote “competitive, integrated employment” for persons with disabilities by private business and the…

Disability employment initiative second round winners announced

Saturday, October 1, 2011The Department of Labor, as part of its Disability Employment Initiative, announced Tuesday the allocation of more than $21 million to seven states to improve education, training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
7 states added to employment intitiative…

Workers receive $6 million in severance pay settlement

Wednesday, August 31, 2011When New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.’s closed its plant in Fremont, California in April 2010, the company paid its 4,700 newly laid-off employees an average of $53,000 in severance pay, with a minimum payment of $21,000.
Toyota to Pay 2 …

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…

Wisconsin P&A agency seeks new director

Monday, August 8, 2011
Job Opening in Wisconsin
After 31 years at the helm of Disability Rights Wisconsin (the state’s protection and advocacy agency), Lynn Breedlove announced his retirement which is set for the end of December 2011. Lynn is widely regarded as one…

Working with people with autism

Monday, July 25, 2011David Bornstein, an award-winning author who specializes in writing about social innovation, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on June 30 featuring a Danish company that regularly hires dozens of people with autism spectrum disorders. Specialisterne (“The Specialists”)…

Iowa turkey farm ordered to pay more than $1.7 million

Monday, July 25, 2011
Farm Turkeys
Keith Brown, an Iowa man with a mental disability, worked at an Iowa poultry plant for more than three decades, for wages as low as 0.41 an hour and in dangerous conditions. Along with 30 other people with…

Addressing employee conduct violations related to disability

Tuesday, July 5, 2011This series will showcase three papers from the Fall 2010 Disability in the Law class at the Seattle University School of Law. The class was taught by David Carlson, associate director of legal advocacy for DisAbility Rights Washington. “After

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