Americans with Disabilities Act Disability Lifeguards

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation,... more +
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation, communications and governmental activities. The Act defines a covered disability as those mental or physical impairments that substantially interfere with one or more major life activities.  Five different federal agencies are responsible for enforcing the ADA: Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Transportation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  less -
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Deaf Lifeguard Might Be Qualified To Notice Emergency Signs For Help

Would you feel comfortable with your kids swimming in a pool with a deaf lifeguard on watch? Could a deaf lifeguard notice your distressed child's cry for help? While these questions pose some serious personal judgments...more

Employer’s Reliance on Third Party Assessment to Determine Reasonable Accommodation May Lead to ADA Liability

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed an issue of first impression, holding that the ability to hear is not necessarily an “essential function” of the job of lifeguard. Keith v. County of Oakland, No. 11-2276...more

Sixth Circuit Revives ADA Claim of Deaf Lifeguard

In Keith v. County of Oakland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed summary judgment to a county pool that denied employment to a deaf lifeguard. Setting aside the issue that seems to have captivated the...more

Hiring an Interpreter May Be a Reasonable Accomodation under the ADA

On Thursday, January 10, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which governs Kentucky, rendered a pro-employee opinion, Keith v. County of Oakland, allowing a case to proceed under the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

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