ADA in the News: November 1, 2017

Navigating the Interactive Process: Best Practices for Complying with the ADA

Four recent lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) against health care employers underscore the federal agency’s intent to continue to ensure that employers are complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (“ADA”) mandate to reasonably accommodate workers with disabilities.

Court Hands Victory To Employer In “Leave After Leave” Battle

Lexology

Of all the accommodations considered reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), perhaps the most frustrating is when an employee requests additional time off after their 12 weeks of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave ends. This is particularly true since the ADA, unlike the FMLA, provides no statutory or regulatory parameters indicating the amount of additional leave you must provide. However, a federal appeals court has just handed employers a milestone victory in one such legal battle that might ease the frustration levels for some.

South Florida businesses suffer from ADA 'drive-by' lawsuits

Local 10

The fight over disabled rights has led to Florida being No. 2 in the country when it comes to Americans with Disabilities Act public accommodation lawsuits. 

A new state law aims to curb lawsuits that critics claim are being used to take advantage of businesses, not help those with disabilities.

Lawsuit claims The Jacksonville Landing not accessible to disabled man

ActionNewsJax.com

The lawsuit accuses five defendants of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act: the City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Landings Investments, Chicago Pizza & Sports Grille, Sleiman Enterprises and HOA Restaurant Holder, which owns Hooters.

In the lawsuit, Carlos Brito claimed he wasn’t able to access the public bathrooms on the first floor, second floor, in Hooters, or in Chicago Pizza.

The Miami man said he also found handicap parking spots and ramps out of compliance with the ADA during his June 5 visit.

Website Accessibility—the Emerging Trend Under the ADA

Law.com

Federal judges are trending toward siding with plaintiffs in website accessibility cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act as cases begin to reach them over compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

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