Defense firm settles ADA claim, pays ex-Maryland employee $150K
A Maryland systems administrator will receive a $150,000 settlement from a defense contractor that allegedly reassigned and later fired her rather than accommodate her chronic headaches after a car crash.
EEOC sues audiovisual company, alleges disability bias
A Baltimore-based provider of audio-video services violated federal law last year by firing a sales administrator after denying her request to work remotely one day per week to accommodate her anxiety and depression, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in a lawsuit filed Friday. Design & Integration Inc.’s denial and subsequent termination violated the […]
4th Circuit revives ADA lawsuit against Maryland transit agency
Federal appeals court revives an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit a woman with cerebral palsy filed against the Maryland Transit Administration, alleging bus drivers refused to help her board the buses.
In 4th Circuit, school boards seek broad immunity in disability-based bullying cases
For the sake of their educational mission, school districts must be immune from liability for students’ bullying and teasing of their disabled peers, except when administrators show a “deliberate indifference to known harassment,” the national and Maryland school board associations have told a federal appeals court.
ADA spurs worldwide disability-rights movement, advocate says
The Americans with Disabilities Act has not only empowered millions in the United States during the past quarter century but has spurred global movements to help liberate people imprisoned by physical barriers and change attitudes of those who believe the disabled cannot succeed, a leading disability-rights advocate said Wednesday.
As ADA reaches 25, its impact felt in many ways
In 2011, Susan Burke wanted her 7-year-old daughter Emma to participate in Camp Bravo, a local summer camp in Towson that provides both educational and recreational opportunities for children. But the camp did not want Emma. Emma has epilepsy, and her potential need for Diastat, an at-home rectal gel emergency medication used to resolve repetitive […]
Judge lets ADA suit against Baltimore County proceed
A demoted but later reinstated guard at the Baltimore County Detention Center can proceed with his disability discrimination claim after a federal judge ruled a jury should decide if the county unlawfully forced the employee to accept the demotion without considering possible accommodations for his debilitating condition.
EEOC reaches $75,000 accord in postpartum-depression case
A consulting firm has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle an Americans with Disabilities Act claim the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought on behalf of a former Rockville employee who claimed the company fired her rather than making job-related accommodations for her postpartum depression.
EEOC sues Rockville company, alleges disability bias
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued two companies in Rockville for allegedly firing employees because of their disabilities.
Frederick County OKs funds for ADA fixes
(AP) Frederick County officials have approved paying more than $9 million to fix sidewalks and ramps that fail to meet the standards of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. County commissioners made that unanimous decision Thursday. The move comes at the behest of the state, which found that the county’s walkways aren’t in compliance with […]
WellDoc promotes diabetes management app
BlueStar, which helps users monitor their glucose levels and keep track of medications in real-time, is perhaps the biggest accomplishment to date for WellDoc.
Md. panel on disabilities to brief O’Malley
A state commission formed in response to the death in custody of a man with Down syndrome is preparing to meet with Gov. Martin O'Malley.