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Uber Faces ADA Suit Over Wait Time Fees
US Files ADA Suit
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US Files ADA Suit Against Uber

Justice Department calls the charges discrimination against disabled people

(Newser) - The federal government has sued Uber, saying it discriminates against disabled people by charging fees when drivers have to wait for passengers to board their vehicles. Uber's wait time fees kick in two minutes after a driver arrives and are charged until the car begins its trip, the AP...

Woman Fired After Oxygen Request Wins Settlement

Jean S. Perry was terminated after she inquired about bringing tank to work to help her breathe

(Newser) - A woman who was fired after asking to bring an oxygen tank to work to help her breathe will get $25,000 in a federal settlement. TriMark Foodcraft also agreed to train its staff on what qualifies as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans With Disabilities Act as part of...

School Mask Policies in 5 States Bring Investigations

Biden administration had said it would use civil rights protections to fight bans on school mandates

(Newser) - As promised, education officials in five states have been informed that a federal investigation has begun into whether their prohibitions on school mask mandates violate civil rights protections. The specific issue is whether students with disabilities or health issues are being discriminated against by not being able to safely return...

Biden: COVID Long-Haulers Qualify for ADA Protections

'Many Americans who seemingly recover from the virus still face lingering challenges'

(Newser) - People with long-haul COVID could now be eligible for disability resources, President Biden said Monday. Some people recover from the acute symptoms of the disease, but struggle for months with fatigue, difficulty breathing, brain fog, loss of sense of smell, and other symptoms. A diagnosis of COVID doesn’t automatically...

He Waited 6 Years for Citizenship Test. Then, a Big 'Letdown'

Blind man Lucio Delgado fails because test wasn't available in Braille

(Newser) - When Lucio Delgado arrived in the US from Mexico six years ago, he set his sights on learning English and becoming an American citizen. Per the Washington Post , the then-teen had come to the US with his family to escape drug cartels and to give him better opportunities due to...

Woman Fell When Ordered by DMV to Walk Without Cane: Lawsuit

Applicant broke her wrist, and now the state faces a civil rights lawsuit

(Newser) - Mary Wobschall, 78, had her eyesight tested before going to renew her driver's license. Her vision was fine, so she wouldn't need corrective lenses to drive. Then she and her husband went to a Wisconsin DMV office, where an examiner told her to walk across the lobby without...

Walmart's Push to Nix Greeters Poses 'Unique Situation'
Walmart's Push to Nix Greeters
Poses 'Unique Situation'
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Walmart's Push to Nix Greeters Poses 'Unique Situation'

Disabled workers say they will be hurt most by new job requirements for 'customer hosts'

(Newser) - "It's just a systematic way of getting rid of all the disabled people." That's how the dad of a former Walmart worker feels about the retailer's recent decision to get rid of its greeters at 1,000 of its stores by the end of April....

Blind Man Sues Playboy Over Its Website

In this case, it's all about the articles

(Newser) - A new lawsuit claims there's a big problem with Playboy's website: it's not accessible to the blind. The suit, though, isn't about racy photos. Donald Nixon, who is legally blind, filed the class-action suit on Wednesday, arguing Playboy.com and Playboyshop.com aren't compatible with...

John Daly: USGA Won't Give Me a Cart, So I Quit

Golfer withdraws from US Senior Open after request to use cart is denied

(Newser) - John Daly says he was forced to withdraw from the US Senior Open in Colorado Springs because his request to use a golf cart under the Americans With Disabilities Act was denied. The golfer, who's been battling a right knee injury, announced his withdrawal from the event in a...

A Supreme Court Victory for a Girl and Her Dog

Ehlena Fry was told she couldn't bring her service dog Wonder to school

(Newser) - Eight years after little Ehlena Fry was told she couldn't bring her dog Wonder to school with her, the Supreme Court has given her family some measure of vindication. In an 8-0 ruling Wednesday, the Supreme Court instructed a lower court to reconsider its ruling against Ehlena and Wonder,...

Walmart Sued After Firing Employee With Down Syndrome

And allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act

(Newser) - The US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission is suing Walmart for allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act after the company fired an employee with Down syndrome, the Mighty reports. Marlo Spaeth had worked at a Walmart in Milwaukee for 15 years. According to the EEOC , she was a good employee...

How Two $1.69 Bottles of OJ Cost Dollar General $277K

Diabetic employee drank a juice, paid for it, told her bosses, was fired for 'grazing'

(Newser) - Two bottles of OJ that retailed for $1.69 at Dollar General will end up costing the chain more than a quarter of a million dollars. That after a diabetic former employee won a lawsuit connected to the juice. Linda Atkins was working at a Maryville, Tenn., location in the...

Blind Man Sues McDonald's Over Drive-Thru Policy

La. man says he was turned away, laughed at

(Newser) - McDonald's "no pedestrians at the drive-thru window" policy tramples on the rights of blind people who want late-night fast food, according to a Louisiana man's lawsuit. The federal lawsuit filed by Scott Magee argues that since many McDonald's outlets only have drive-thru windows open late at...

SD Needlessly Dumps Thousands Into Nursing Homes: DOJ

Feds may sue the state

(Newser) - The Justice Department may be gearing up to sue the state of South Dakota after a report released Monday found thousands of people with disabilities that could potentially be managed at home are being relegated to nursing homes or other long-term-care facilities instead, the New York Times reports. This most...

Man Trapped on 'Small World' Ride Wins Payout

Disabled man was stuck as song played repeatedly

(Newser) - A disabled California man who spent a hellish half-hour stuck on Disneyland's "It's a Small World" ride as the theme song blared over and over again has been awarded $8,000 in damages. The man, who is in his early 50s and is paralyzed from a spinal...

Deaf, Blind Sue to Make Online Shopping Accessible

Advocates for the deaf, blind have won several recent victories

(Newser) - A Target store needs to be accessible by people with disabilities, so why not the Target website? That's the aim of advocates who are increasingly arguing in lawsuits that websites must also comply with the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. That theory has been dismissed by a few courts...

Hand-less Man Sues After Six Flags Won't Let Him Ride

Even though Clint Bench had gone on ride before

(Newser) - A Texas amusement park enthusiast who was born without hands is suing Six Flags for refusing to let him onto a ride. Clint Bench alleges that last May a Six Flags Over Texas employee wouldn't let him on the Aquaman Splashdown (a variation on the classic log flume). When...

Santorum: GOP Right to Block Disability Treaty
Santorum: GOP Right to Block Disability Treaty
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Santorum: GOP Right to Block Disability Treaty

Other pundits: GOP embracing weird conspiracy theories

(Newser) - When the GOP blocked the UN's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities last night, Rick Santorum sent out a tweet proclaiming, "We did it." Santorum was one of the foremost voices calling for Republicans to reject the treaty, and in the Daily Beast today he...

Down Syndrome Teen Kept Off Plane as 'Flight Risk'

Airline refuses to allow 'excitable' boy on flight

(Newser) - The parents of a 16-year-old boy with Down syndrome say that they've flown as a family dozens of times, but only had trouble when they tried going first class. The Vanderhorsts say that American Airlines refused to allow them to board their Newark-Los Angeles flight on Sunday, claiming that...

Canned Obese Employee Sues, Gets $55K

680-pound Ronald Kratz II says he was fired for being fat

(Newser) - When 680-pound Ronald Kratz II got fired from his job, he was pretty sure it was for being too fat. Now his old company is giving him $55,000 and six months of outplacement services in a legal settlement, reports the Houston Chronicle . With the help of the US Equal...

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