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Posted 10 months ago in Your Personal Rights by Janet Raasch  
‘Gluten Free’ Now a Required Option Under the ADA

Gluten refers to the proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley and crossbreeds of these grains. The U.S. market for gluten-free products has grown rapidly, reaching $4.2 billion in 2013. It is on pace to reach $6.6 billion by 2017. Why do consumers care if a product is gluten-free?   Gluten Causes Certain Diseases About 3 million Americans, or about one in 133, suffer from celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which consumption of gluten causes …

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Posted 10 months ago in Criminal Law Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Discrimination OK Against Disabled Prisoner Hired as Labor

A private company that got cheap labor by contracting with the state to hire prisoners cannot be sued for discrimination against a disabled worker, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court. The prisoner is not an “employee” of the private company, therefore he does not have the protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the court said. The ruling gives an incentive to companies to hire prison labor at below minimum wage without being bound by laws that …

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Autism Sufferers Protected by Law

One out of every 88 Americans has been diagnosed with autism, and its prevalence has been rising sharply over the past decade.  Autism is four times more common in boys than girls. There is no cure, but early diagnosis and treatment can vastly improve the lives of those with autism. Children with autism need intensive therapy and special educational services. Adults with autism face an additional set of challenges. The law protects people with autism at all ages.   What …

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Posted 10 months ago in gun rights by Michele Bowman  
The Blind Can Carry Guns in Public in Iowa

It seems too obvious to even be covered by a law: How can you legally carry a gun if you can’t see what you’re aiming at? But based on a law that went into effect two years ago, Iowans who are legally blind can get concealed carry permits and carry guns in public.    Legally Blind Not Addressed by Law Iowa in 2011 added a concealed carry provision to its gun laws, allowing people to secure permits if they meet …

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Posted 11 months ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
‘Wounded Warrior’ Who Sued FBI Wins $75,000

A wounded army vet who sued the FBI for removing him from a program for special agents because of his injuries, won a $75,000 jury award and reinstatement in the training academy. Justin Slaby, who served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, had his left hand amputated after it was blown off during a training accident in 2004. Using a prosthetic hand, the 30-year-old passed a basic FBI fitness test in 2011 and was admitted to …

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