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Obesity Likely to Become ‘Disability’ Under ADA

The American Medical Association last month voted to classify obesity as a disease, a move lawyers say will likely expand the reach of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) further.   AMA Catches Up “[T]he AMA [has] adopted policy that recognizes obesity as a disease requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention,” according to a news release about the AMA’s annual meeting, where the vote took place. Better dialogue between patients and doctors, earlier intervention …

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Posted 1 year ago in Class Actions by Sylvia Hsieh  
Disabled Customers Sue Taco Bell, Demanding Better Access

A group of disabled and wheelchair-bound plaintiffs are asking an appeals court to order Taco Bell to make its restaurants in California compliant with laws that require accessibility for disabled customers. Problems like doors that are too heavy to open, lack of parking spaces for the disabled, aisles that are too narrow, condiment dispensers that are not reachable for wheelchair users and non-wheelchair accessible restrooms have plagued over 200 locations of the fast-food chain. The appeal is the latest skirmish …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
$240M to Disabled Workers Abused in Company’s ‘House Of Horrors’

A turkey processing company has been ordered by a jury to pay a whopping $240 million for paying mentally disabled workers 41 cents per hour and housing them in a rodent-infested “house of horrors.” The award will be divided evenly among 32 mentally disabled workers who worked for Henry’s Turkey Service in Atalissa, Iowa. The lawsuit alleged the company violated federal law protecting workers with disabilities and that the men were abused, harshly disciplined, including being kicked in the groin, …

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Posted 2 years ago in Litigation Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Sheriff Joe Under Fire for Pink Underwear and Selling Meals

From forcing inmates – even obviously mentally ill ones – to wear pink underwear, to requiring them to pay for their food, Sheriff Joe Arpaio seems to be bent on finding new ways to humiliate people who are unfortunate enough to go to prison in Maricopa County, Ariz.   ‘Pink Underwear’ Appeal The U.S. Supreme Court on March 4 refused to hear an appeal by Arpaio’s county in a case brought by the estate of an arrested schizophrenic man who …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Worker with Panic Attacks Wins $21M Discrimination Verdict

A worker who was fired for her panic attacks won a $21.7 million jury verdict against her employer, including $16.5 million in punitive damages for the employer’s malice. April Rodriguez was a customer service rep for waste disposal company Valley Vista Services. The 34-year-old mother of four asked for time off and work accommodations to deal with her panic attacks. Instead, she was fired. She sued her employer and its parent company, Zerep Management Corp., claiming her firing was illegal …

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