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The motto of Del Taco’s restaurant is “Go Bold or Go Home.” Kenneth Munson chose the first option. He sued the taco chain in 2005 after he was unable to get his wheelchair into their “narrow” restroom entrance. As a result, he had to go across the street to another business to use the facilities. Earlier this week, the California State Supreme Court sided with Munson. The unanimous ruling now makes it possible for California businesses to be sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act without proving the business did so “intentionally.” This is a mucho grande ruling. Federal law doesn’t let individuals sue — nor collect damage relief — for disability discrimination. A government agency must intervene on their behalf. But California lets individuals do both. And with this new no-proof-required ruling, Californians with disabilities now have an even stronger hand to play. Could this decision hurt small businesses ... keep reading »
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit today against United States Steel Corporation, a Pittsburgh-headquartered steel manufacturing company, claiming it violated federal law by denying a job to an applicant because of his disability. According to the EEOC’s suit, U.S. Steel’s Gary, Ind., plant rescinded an offer of employment and refused to hire an applicant when it learned of his disability through a post-job-offer medical examination. Such alleged conduct violates the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. United States Steel Corporation, Civil Action No. 2:09-cv-093, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division) after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement. The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. “People in any workplace should be treated fairly and consistently,” said Danny R. Harter, director of the EEOC’s Indianapolis District Office. “Employees must be judged by their ability to do the ... keep reading »

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