ADA in the News October 10, 2022

Jury Returns Verdict for EEOC in ‘Regarded As’ Disability Case Against West Meade Place []

A jury has returned a verdict for the U.S. Equal Employment Oppor­tunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a former employee fired by West Meade Place, a privately owned Nashville rehabilitation and health care facility, the federal agency announced today. The case, presided over by U.S. District Judge William L. Campbell, Jr., awarded the former employee $6,000 in compensatory damages, and the court will award back pay of $6,146.72, the amount stipulated by the parties.

At the trial, the EEOC claimed West Meade discriminated against the former employee in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it fired her from a laundry tech­nician position, despite her ability to do the job, because West Meade regarded her as having a physical or mental impairment. The former employee suffered from anxiety throughout her adult life.


U.S. Attorney's Office Reaches Settlement with Palisade Winery Over Access for Service Dog []

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced today that the United States has resolved a discrimination complaint under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Hermosa Vineyards, a vineyard in Palisade, Colorado, to allow service dogs in its tasting room.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office received a complaint that Hermosa Vineyards refused to permit a complainant’s service dog into its tasting room. The complainant claimed that a Hermosa Vineyards representative confronted the complainant and her boyfriend in the winery’s parking lot and refused to let them into the tasting room, even after they explained that the complainant’s dog was a service animal.


ADA Settlement with Greater Waterbury YMCA Ensures Access to Programs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder []

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Greater Waterbury YMCA of Waterbury has entered into a settlement agreement with the government to resolve allegations that Greater Waterbury YMCA’s childcare programs and other services were not accessible to a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”).

The matter was initiated by a complaint filed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut alleging violations of Title III of the ADA. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Greater Waterbury YMCA failed to adequately assist a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder who requires reasonable modifications in order to fully participate in the after-school program.


U.S. Attorney's Office Reaches ADA Settlement with Portland Motel Lacking Accessible Entrances or Guest Rooms []

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced today that it has reached a settlement with Studio 6, a Portland motel, to resolve allegations that the motel lacked accessible entrances, rooms, and other facilities.

The settlement resolves an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint filed by an individual with a mobility impairment who alleged that Studio 6 did not have an available guest room to accommodate persons with mobility-related disabilities, including wheelchair users; had no accessible entrances or internal routes from the motel’s lobby to its guest rooms; and that the motel’s only accessible parking space was being used for other purposes and its reservation service failed to sufficiently identify and describe the property’s accessible guest rooms.


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