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Celebrating and Reflecting on 20 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Twenty years ago this month, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the most sweeping anti-discrimination measure enacted by the Congress since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”). The ADA, which then President Bush described...

Jonathan R. Mook on the New 2010 ADA Standards from the Departments of Justice and Transportation

In July 2010 the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) issued a final rule implementing accessibility provisions of the ADA. The DOJ is also seeking comments on proposed regulations on internet accessibility, movie captioning, and accessible equipment and furniture. In July, the Dept. of Transportation also issued...

Job Bias Claims Set New Record On Disability Surge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Federal job bias complaints climbed to record levels last year, led by a surge in workers claiming discrimination based on disability. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says charges of disability discrimination rose by about 17 percent to 25,165 claims. Overall, the...

Banks Previously Sued in Title III ADA Class Action Lawsuits Now Getting Sued Again in Second Wave of Accessibility Lawsuits

A Pittsburgh-based law firm, which has filed more than 100 class action lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) in federal district courts throughout the United States against banks on behalf of a plaintiff who alleged that the banks' ATMs were inaccessible, has picked...

DOJ Enters into ‘Landmark’ Settlement with Law School Admission Council

By Olabisi L. Okubadejo The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a “landmark” consent decree with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to resolve allegations of “widespread and systemic” violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The allegations...

HUD Adopts New Accessibility Standard

On May 23, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its adoption, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], of an alternative accessibility standard for construction and alteration of housing and other facilities subject to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation...

Businesses Around the United States Being Targeted for Alleged Inaccessible Websites

While plaintiff's lawyers have been busy the past two years filing lawsuits around the United States alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related to physical barriers—including a wave of class action lawsuits against banks for inaccessible ATMs and against retailers...

Beacon Hill and Mayor Walsh At War Over Disability Ramps

It’s a classic Boston neighborhood turf battle. Mayor Martin Walsh, the Irishman from Savin Hill vs. the Brahmins of Beacon Hill. The nature of the dispute: sidewalk ramps in Beacon Hill for the disabled. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is fed up with some of Beacon Hill residents’ long time...