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Americans with Disabilities Act Settlement Dept. of Justice

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 -

ADA Litigation Over Website Accessibility Is Exploding

by Lathrop & Gage LLP on

Today, it is nearly unthinkable to run a successful business without a website. While companies focus on the appearance, functionality and usability of their sites, they often inadvertently overlook how well the website...more

Justice Department Settlement With edX Suggests Heightened Scrutiny of Online Course Accessibility and Potential Strategies for...

by WilmerHale on

On April 2, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with edX, a major online college course provider, over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related to the accessibility of...more

Justice Department Settlement Casts Doubt on Mandatory Medical Leave - Universities Should Be Well Trained in ADA Compliance and...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Jan. 12, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement with Quinnipiac University, a private institution located in Connecticut, to resolve allegations that the university violated the Americans with...more

DOJ Settlement Suggests Push to Expand ADA Coverage to All Websites and Apps

by Morgan Lewis on

The chance of future DOJ investigations justifies companies’ reviews of customer-oriented websites and apps for accessibility. As consumers continue to use the Internet and their smartphones for their shopping in...more

Hepatitis B-infected Health Care Professionals Gain Stronger Protection Under Recent DOJ Settlement

by Nossaman LLP on

In March 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) settled the first lawsuit of its kind with a New Jersey medical school over claims that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) by excluding two Hepatitis...more

Justice Department Settles ADA Claims against Debt Collector

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent Department of Justice settlement with a debt collection law firm that was accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act exemplifies the mounting federal scrutiny of the debt collection industry....more

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