Tag Archives: Americans with Disabilities Act


Posted 11 months ago in Crime Jury Awards Your Family & The Law by Sylvia Hsieh  
Parents Win $1M for Teacher’s Abuse of Special Needs Son

Parents of a boy who was physically abused by his special education teacher won a $1 million jury award against the school district. Terrence Rideau was a severely disabled special education student in Texas public school. In April 2010, his parents suspected abuse and formally filed a complaint for the school district and child protective services to investigate. That investigation turned up evidence that Terrence’s teachers and other staff physically abused the boy and didn’t properly lift and move him. …

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Posted 12 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 12 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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Posted 1 year ago in Your Job & The Law by Janet Raasch  
Returning Veterans Protected by Special Employment Laws

As military action in the Mideast winds down, large numbers of U.S. soldiers are returning home. First, you spend time decompressing from the pressures of war and enjoying friends and family. Next, you look for work – either finding a new job or returning to an old one. The White House in 2011 projected that 1 million veterans would be returning to civilian life over the next five years. Unfortunately, while the economy is improving, the job market is not …

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Posted 1 year 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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