ADA in the News March 8, 2022

Saint Clare’s Health to Pay $77,550 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) lawsuit, Saint Clare’s Health hired a pregnant candidate to file a per diem EMS dispatcher position at its Dover, New Jersey facility. A few days before her start date, however, the employee was hospitalized and diagnosed with preeclampsia, a pregnancy-related impairment affecting the circulatory system. The employee then contacted Saint Clare’s human resources department about her diagnosis and asked what steps she needed to take next. Saint Clare’s Health responded by withdrawing her job offer, even though she only needed the minor accommodation of delaying her start date by several weeks.


Justice Department Finds that Colorado Violates the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Justice Department concluded today that Colorado unnecessarily segregates people with physical disabilities in nursing facilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C. The department’s findings, detailed in a letter to Colorado Governor Jared Polis, follow a thorough and multi-year investigation into the state’s system of care for people with physical disabilities.


U.S. Attorney’s Office Reaches ADA Settlement with Jefferson Partners L.P. dba Jefferson Lines

Interim United States Attorney Nicholas W. Chase announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of North Dakota entered into a settlement agreement with Jefferson Partners L.P. dba Jefferson Lines to resolve an allegation that the transportation company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA").

The settlement agreement resolves an ADA complaint alleging that a Jefferson Lines bus driver refused to allow a passenger, who used a walker to assist with mobility, to use the bus’s lift, located at the rear of the bus, to exit the bus. The complaint alleged that the bus driver instead required the passenger to walk from a seat at the back of the bus to the front of the bus and then use the stairs to get off the bus, all without the assistance of the walker.

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