Americans with Disabilities Act

Feb 15, 2023

Tester’s ADA lawsuit against Baltimore hotel revived, 4th Circuit finds standing

A person with no intention of visiting Baltimore may sue a city hotel for allegedly failing to state its accommodations for disabled guests, the court ruled.

Jul 25, 2022

4th Circuit revives Hagerstown worker’s disability-bias claim

A U.S. appeals court revived a woman’s Americans with Disabilities Act claim that she was fired from a Hagerstown call center after requesting a reduced work schedule.

Jan 12, 2022

Maryland asks judge to toss lawsuit over solitary confinement of mentally ill prisoners

Maryland prison officials are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that claimed putting incarcerated people with serious mental illness into extended solitary confinement violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The reply in U.S. District Court in Baltimore argues that the group that brought the lawsuit, Disability Rights Maryland, […]

Jul 26, 2021

Was the Texas Supreme Court bought?

Welcome to Monday, July 26, the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here are some news items to get your week started. Did a Texas-sized donation change the state Supreme Court’s mind? Police reform laws sow confusion in Washington state. Virginia prisoners’ vaccinated family members voice disappointment at slow return to visits. Arizona […]

Apr 29, 2021

Baltimore audiovisual firm settles EEOC disability bias claim

A Baltimore-based provider of audio-video services has agreed to pay $25,000 to a sales administrator the company allegedly fired after denying her request to work remotely one day per week to accommodate her anxiety and depression. Design & Integration Inc.’s agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settles the agency’s lawsuit alleging the company […]

Mar 1, 2021

Hyattsville consulting firm settles ADA claim with EEOC

A Washington-based management consulting firm will pay $60,000 in settlement of a claim that it violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act when it fired an employee in its Hyattsville office who needed six weeks of after-hours medical treatment for a benign brain tumor. Optimal Solutions & Technologies Inc.’s settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment […]

Dec 8, 2020

Pet waste removal company settles pregnancy bias claim in Rockville

A pet waste removal company will pay a former employee $40,000 in settlement of a federal lawsuit alleging it fired the woman from its Rockville facility because she was pregnant. DoodyCalls Inc. admitted no wrongdoing in agreeing to settle with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the suit last year in federal district […]

Feb 17, 2020

Judge preserves blind voters’ ADA suit, declines to issue injunction

A federal judge last week denied a request by blind voters to mandate the use of accessible devices by all Maryland voters in 2020 elections, a change that could carry a $9.7 million price tag. However, the judge refused to dismiss the voters’ Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit. The state currently uses hand-marked paper ballots […]

U.S. District Court Greenbelt
Jan 13, 2020

EEOC alleges medical firm fired employee with cancer over leave request

A Rockville-based medical practice allegedly fired an employee who had breast cancer rather than accommodate her, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. National Spine & Pain Centers LLC, which has more than 60 offices in Maryland and elsewhere, is accused of denying leave to a patient services coordinator after she notified the company that […]

Sep 20, 2019

Board of Elections, blind voters debate efficacy of policy changes

Maryland State Board of Elections officials are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by blind voters, arguing that the voters’ complaints of “two separate and unequal voting systems” have been addressed by a new policy for the 2020 election. The lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, claims the board’s policies since 2016 violate the Americans […]

Sep 13, 2019

M&T Bank violated ADA’s accommodation duty, judge rules

M&T Bank violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide the reasonable accommodation of reassignment for a Baltimore branch manager after she took short-term disability leave during her complicated pregnancy, a federal judge has ruled. But U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander added that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provided “no basis […]

Aug 1, 2019

Blind voters sue Maryland over its paper ballot system

The National Federation of the Blind is suing the Maryland State Board of Elections over policy changes that allegedly have resulted in “two separate and unequal voting systems” for voters with disabilities and everyone else. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in in Baltimore on Thursday, claims violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act […]

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