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Judge approves Los Angeles sidewalk settlement

Monday, September 12, 2016A federal judge has signed off on what disability rights attorneys are calling the largest disability access class action settlement in history. Under the agreement, first announced in April 2015, the City of Los Angeles must spend an estimated…

San Bernardino County reaches agreement to improve youth disability services

Friday, August 26, 2016The Department of Education announced a resolution agreement [PDF] August 5 with the nation’s largest county to overhaul its services for students with disabilities in its county’s juvenile jails and alternative schools. “We found in the investigation that in fact…

Gender bias suit targets California workers’ compensation system

Friday, July 15, 2016
Suit alleges systemic gender bias in California Workers’ Compensation program
In a first-of-its-kind lawsuit [PDF], the Service Employees International Union and three individuals filed a discrimination suit, July 6, against the California workers’ compensation system, accusing it of discriminating…

Judge rejects Disney discrimination lawsuit

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Court rules Disney did not discriminate
A federal court ruled April 28 that Disney did not discriminate against people with disabilities in October 2013 when it changed its line policy for people with disabilities at its theme parks. Previously, certain…

Advocates sue Los Angeles welfare program

Thursday, December 10, 2015A coalition of civil rights advocates filed a federal lawsuit against Los Angeles County on November 18, alleging that it violates federal and state disability discrimination laws in its operation of its state-mandated General Relief program. “From the very beginning…

Lawsuit targets inaccessible music lyrics in movies

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Closed Captioning Suit
Hollywood is under fire for failing to provide closed captioning and subtitles for music lyrics in its movies and television shows, including such blockbusters as Captain America, Skyfall, X-Men and Netflix’s House of Cards series. Filed in…

People with disabilities disproportionately harmed in California wildfires

Monday, October 5, 2015
The Right to be Rescued
The Los Angeles Times recently published a feature September 28 highlighting the unique challenges faced by people with disabilities when escaping wildfires, such as the fires that have swarmed California during the most recent fire…

Agreement requires LA education agency to provide special education services in jails

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Youth Entitled to Special Education while Incarcerated
A federal court signed off September 14 on a comprehensive settlement with disability advocates and the Los Angeles County Office of Education to implement new safeguards to ensure inmates with disabilities receive special…

Settlement calls for overhaul of mental health care in LA County Jails

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Agreement to Reduce Suicides
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department must take a variety of steps to reduce suicides in county jails, improve mental health treatment, and reduce the use of excessive force against people with mental illnesses, under a…

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