ADA in the News: May 10, 2017

Settlement Agreement: City of Chesapeake

Deaf patients win right to sue Baptist Health for discrimination

Miami Herald

Two deaf patients from Miami won the right to sue Baptist Health South Florida for discrimination after a federal appeals court on Monday reversed a lower court’s dismissal of their case — and published a detailed opinion that advocates say spells out the responsibility for all hospitals to ensure “effective communication” with patients who cannot hear.

The patients, Cheylla Silva and John Paul Jebian, filed a lawsuit in 2014 under the Americans with Disabilities Act after they said Baptist Hospital Miami and South Miami Hospital — both owned by Baptist Health — had refused to provide in-person interpreters of American Sign Language.

Uber Lawsuit: Company Fails To Accommodate People With Disabilities, Suit Says

International Business Times

Uber has been under fire this year for numerous reasons, including sexual abuse claims and the #DeleteUber campaign. Now, the company is facing a lawsuit for failing to make its services more accessible to those with disabilities, TechCrunch reported Wednesday.

Two individuals who use wheelchairs filed a lawsuit against Uber arguing the company has violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Disabled Persons Act and California’s unfair competition law. The two people cannot use Uber because the company doesn’t allow them to request rides that are accessible to people with wheelchairs in Jackson, Mississippi, the suit alleges.

Disabled persons advocate says piles of lawsuits show ADA working as designed

KUTV 2News

By law, business owners must make their business accessible to people in wheel chairs. But several business owners say the law is being abused by certain disabled people and their lawyers.

It's a practice known as drive-by-lawsuits. A business finds itself sued over some relatively small violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Business owners are they're told to not only fix the issue but pay money to the person suing to settle the lawsuit.

Utah County woman and her lawyer son sue more than 100 businesses for ADA violations

KUTV 2News

Kraig McGee works at his family's business, McGee's Stamp and Trophy in American Fork. Multiple Sclerosis has confined him to a wheelchair but he says getting around work isn't a problem.

So imagine his surprise when McGee's was served with a lawsuit saying they were violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

New baseball field sparks ADA conversation

The Ridgefield Press

Ridgefield Little League’s plans for a new baseball field at the intersection of Route 7 and Simpaug Turnpike — now named 2 Sanford Station Road  — will be changing to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

How much did school pay to settle lawsuit? None of your business

A federal judge has agreed to seal the dollar figure of a settlement agreement reached between a Gloucester County school district and the parents of a child with multiple disabilities.

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