ADA in the News February 9, 2023

EEOC Hearing Explores Potential Benefits and Harms of Artificial Intelligence and other Automated Systems in Employment Decisions

Today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public hearing to examine the use of automated systems, including artificial intelligence (AI), in employment decisions. Increasingly, employers are using automated systems to make employment decisions, including the recruitment, hiring, monitoring, and firing of workers.


United States Reaches Settlement With Commonwealth Clinical Group, Inc. Regarding Compliance With ADA

The United States Attorney’s Office announced a civil settlement with a Harrisburg mental health service provider to ensure equal access under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

According to U.S. Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the U.S. Attorney’s Office received a complaint that patients with physical disabilities could not access the entrance of the Commonwealth Clinic Group, Inc. located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The front entrance could only be accessed by stairs. Although Commonwealth Clinical Group had a ramp to access the rear entrance, that ramp was located in a restricted employee parking lot, the main entrance had no signs pointing to the rear entrance, and there was no designated accessible parking space.


East Lyme Agrees to Increase Town Hall Accessibility to Comply with Americans with Disabilities Act

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement agreement with the Town of East Lyme to resolve allegations that the East Lyme Town Hall was not operating in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”).

The settlement agreement resolves an ADA complaint filed by an individual with physical disabilities alleging that multiple aspects of East Lyme’s Town Hall facility were inaccessible to individuals with mobility disabilities. East Lyme is in the process of making significant improvements, as required by the settlement agreement, including improving the accessibility of the Town Hall parking lot, main entrance, multi-level access routes to connect the main upper floor to the basement, visitor and employee interaction counters, public restrooms and drinking fountains.


U.S. Attorney’s Office Reaches Settlement with Ocean County Nail Salon to End Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached settlement with an Ocean County, New Jersey, nail salon to resolve allegations that the salon discriminates against individuals with mobility impairments in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Under the settlement, USA Nails Inc. of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, agrees to adopt and post in a conspicuous place a non-discrimination policy, to train current and future employees on the requirements of Title III of the ADA, and to pay $1,000 in damages to the individual complainant in this matter. Title III prohibits disability discrimination in places of public accommodation, like nail salons. The settlement resolves allegations that USA Nails discriminated against persons with mobility impairments by refusing nail services those using a wheelchair.

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