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What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and...

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What was the Focus of the Americans with Disability Act

According to U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division: Barriers to employment, transportation, public accommodations, public services, and telecommunications have imposed staggering economic and social costs on American society and have undermined our well-intentioned efforts to educate, rehabilitate, and employ individuals with disabilities. By breaking down these barriers, the...

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Iowa Senate Employee Files Sexual Harassment Suit

A former Iowa Republican Senate Caucus employee has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was fired from her job after complaining about sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, who was communications director for the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus, was dismissed from her position in May 2013 after she had witnessed sexual innuendo and inappropriate behavior by her male colleagues....

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Civil Rights of Individuals with Disabilities who are Unnecessarily Segregated in Sheltered Workshops

U.S. v. Rhode Island – 1:14-cv-00175 – (D.R.I. 2014) On April 8, 2014, the United States entered into the nation’s first statewide settlement agreement vindicating the civil rights of individuals with disabilities who are unnecessarily segregated in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs.  The settlement agreement with the State of Rhode Island resolves the Civil Rights Division’s...

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Children with disabilities in integrated setting appropriate to their needs

U.S. v. Florida – 1:13-cv-61576 – (S.D. Fla. 2013) On July 22, 2013, the United States filed a lawsuit against the State of Florida in federal district court to remedy ADA violations involving the State’s failure to provide services and supports to children with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The lawsuit alleges that, as a result of the manner in...

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