Disability Rights Cases

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Case Name Overview Federal Court Case Documents
Hy-Vee, Inc.

On December 1, 2021, the United States executed a settlement agreement with Hy-Vee, Inc., a grocery store chain, under Title III of the ADA regarding the accessibility of its vaccine website. The agreement will ensure that people with disabilities (including those with vision disabilities who use screen readers and those who have difficulty using a mouse) can privately and independently get information about COVID-19 vaccinations and book their vaccination appointments online. Under the agreement, Hy-Vee will make content about the COVID-19 vaccine, including the forms for scheduling an appointment to get the vaccine, conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Version 2.1, Level AA.

Press Release

Settlement/Consent Decree
U.S. v. Jamaluddin

On January 14, 2021 the United States filed a complaint in this suit alleging that an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) doctor refused to provide routine medical care to a patient on the basis of her HIV status, in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On February 17, 2022 the United States filed a consent decree which requires the doctor to pay $37,500 to the complainant and a $5,000 civil penalty, take (and provide her staff with) training on the ADA and the OB/GYN care of patients with HIV, implement a non-discrimination policy, and provide reports to the department. The court entered the consent order on March 23, 2022.

Complaint Press Release

Consent Decree Press Release
 

California, Eastern District
Complaint
Settlement/Consent Decree
City of Killeen, TX

On June 29, 2021, the United States entered a settlement agreement under Title II of the ADA with the City of Killeen, Texas, to remove architectural barriers to access in buildings such as City Hall, police stations, libraries, technology centers, community centers and places of recreation. The agreement requires the City to make changes to its facilities so that parking, routes into the buildings, entrances, restrooms, signage, service counters and drinking fountains are accessible to people with disabilities, and that auditoriums and arenas have the required wheelchair and companion seating. The agreement also requires the City to provide aids and services to ensure effective communication for individuals with hearing disabilities, establish accessible emergency shelters and services, assure that its websites are accessible to individuals with disabilities and implement a plan for the accessibility of sidewalks and curb cuts within the City.

Press Release

Settlement/Consent Decree
Central Texas College of Killeen

On May 6, 2021, the United States executed a settlement agreement with Central Texas College of Killeen, Texas, under Title II of the ADA regarding its program access and architectural accessibility requirements, as part of the Section's Veteran Access Program. The agreement will ensure individuals with disabilities access to programs, services, facilities, and activities at Central Texas College, which is in a jurisdiction with one of the nation’s highest concentrations of veterans with service-connected disabilities.   

Press Release

Settlement/Consent Decree
Board of Election Commissioners for the City of St Louis, MO

On Jan. 12, 2021, the Justice Department reached a settlement under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of St. Louis to ensure that St. Louis polling places are accessible during elections to individuals with mobility and vision impairments. The department identified architectural barriers at St. Louis polling places, including inaccessible parking, ramps that were too steep, stairs at the only entrance or route to the voting area, and doorways with thresholds that were too high. The department also identified that the St. Louis Board fails to provide accessible curbside voting and auxiliary aids and services, including headphones for some accessible voting machines, and also fails to provide voters with disabilities the same amount of privacy and independence while voting as voters without disabilities. Under the agreement, the St. Louis Board will begin remediating its voting program. To make its selected polling places accessible, the St. Louis Board will employ temporary measures, such as portable ramps, signage, and propped open doors. In addition, the St. Louis Board will train its poll workers and other elections staff on the requirements of the ADA and how to use temporary measures to ensure each polling place is accessible during elections. The St. Louis Board will also survey polling locations for accessibility and maintain the accessibility of each polling place it uses on election days. When selecting future polling places, the agreement requires the St. Louis Board to select locations that will be accessible during elections.

Press Release

Settlement/Consent Decree
Indiana State Board of Nursing

On March 25, 2022, the United States found that the Indiana State Board of Nursing violated Title II of the ADA by prohibiting the use of disability-related medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) by nurses enrolled in the Indiana State Nursing Assistance Program. Participation in the program, which assists in the rehabilitation of and monitors nurses recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, is in many cases required for nurses recovering from addiction to maintain, or have reinstated, an active nursing license necessary for employment. 

On September 1, 2022, the United States reached an agreement to resolve its findings that the Nursing Board violated Title II of the ADA. The Nursing Board has agreed to permit nurses to participate, on equal terms, in the states’ rehabilitation program while taking medication, including medication to treat OUD, when the medication is prescribed by a licensed practitioner as part of a medically necessary treatment plan and incorporated into a recovery monitoring agreement. The Nursing Board has also agreed to pay damages to the complainant, and to report periodically on its compliance to the United States.

Findings Press Release

Settlement Press Release

Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law
Settlement/Consent Decree
AA v. Bimestefer

On January 14, 2022, the United States filed a Statement of Interest in AA v. Bimestefer, No. 1:21-cv-02381 (D. Colo.), an action on behalf of children with mental health disabilities who allege they have experienced a revolving door of institutionalization due to Defendant’s failure to arrange and provide for medically necessary care.  The plaintiffs allege that they are currently segregated, or at risk of segregation in, institutions because of the State’s failure to provide them with intensive home and community based services, in violation of Title II of the ADA. The SOI clarifies that (1) plaintiffs who are segregated or at serious risk of segregation due to a lack of community-based medically necessary services can establish they have an injury in fact sufficient to confer standing, and (2) unnecessary segregation constitutes discrimination on the basis of disability under the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. 

Colorado, District of
Statement of Interest
Ready to Work

On March 17, 2022, the United States executed a settlement agreement with Ready to Work, a not-for-profit residential, work, and social services program for individuals who are homeless.  The agreement resolves a complaint under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that Ready to Work discriminated against an individual with opioid use disorder (OUD) by denying her admission to its residential, work, and social services program because she uses a prescribed medication to treat her OUD.  The agreement requires Ready to Work to adopt non-discrimination policies, train staff on its non-discrimination obligations, and report on compliance. Ready to Work will also pay $7,500 in damages to the complainant. 

Press Release

Settlement/Consent Decree
United States v. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania

On February 24, 2022, the Justice Department filed a complaint against the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania (UJS) for violating Title II of the ADA by prohibiting the use of lawfully prescribed medication to treat Opioid Use Disorder by individuals under court supervision.  The department previously notified the UJS that its courts had engaged in discrimination in a letter of findings issued on February 2, 2022.  That letter demanded that the UJS address the violations identified by taking corrective actions, including revising relevant policies, appropriately training relevant personnel, and paying compensatory damages to aggrieved individuals. On July 1, 2022, the Justice Department filed the opposition to UJS’s motion to dismiss. 

Press Release Letter of Findings

Press Release Complaint

Pennsylvania, Eastern District
Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law
Complaint
Motions and Memoranda - Miscellaneous
Meijer, Inc

On February 2, 2022, the United States executed a settlement agreement with Meijer, Inc., a supermarket chain, under Title III of the ADA regarding the accessibility of its vaccine registration website.  The agreement will ensure that people with disabilities (including those with vision disabilities who use screen readers and those who have difficulty using a mouse) can privately and independently get information about COVID-19 vaccinations and book their vaccination appointments online.  Under the agreement, Meijer will make content about the COVID-19 vaccine, including the forms for scheduling an appointment to get the vaccine, conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Version 2.1, Level AA.

Press Release

Settlement/Consent Decree

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