The Center for Disability Access, the civil rights division of the Potter Handy, LLP law firm, has argued—or will argue—a half dozen cases before the Ninth Circuit in the year 2020. Needless to say, it is a momentous year with a number of potential game-changing decisions within the world of disability civil rights. One decision with significant ramifications was… Continue Reading..
When we hear the word “discrimination,” we often think of intentional mistreatment of persons because of some personal characteristic. The classic line, “your kind ain’t welcome here,” mumbled over a dirty toothpick springs to mind as the archetype of discriminatory lingo. And while this type of discriminatory behavior is loathsome enough, there are other types of discrimination we should be… Continue Reading..
Laundry day can be a drag for anyone, but it’s especially frustrating when you haul your clothes all the way to the laundromat only to find none of the machines are accessible to individuals in wheelchairs. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all public laundry facilities, including ones in hotels built after 2010, must have at least one accessible… Continue Reading..
The City of San Diego was ordered to pay over $100,000 in penalties and fees last week after a federal court found it had both violated two San Diego residents’ civil rights and shown itself unwilling to make the changes necessary to bring the Torrey Pines Gliderport into compliance with federal law. Long-time San Diego county residents Scott Schutza and… Continue Reading..
This week, in a win for both disability rights and consumer rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, ruled that individuals who rely on hand controls to operate their cars and trucks have an equal right to test drive their vehicles before purchasing them. Here is the link if you would like to read the full decision: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/07/10/15-55633.pdf … Continue Reading..
ADA Requires Miniature Golf Courses Meet Accessibility Standards. Although the ADA has always required miniature golf courses undertake modest renovations to improve access, the ADA was recently supplemented by express provisions for miniature golf course. Do you know of any accessible miniature golf courses? Please let me know. I don’t know of any. Miniature golf courses should be a perfect… Continue Reading..
Does Your County Fair Meet ADA Accessibility Regulations? It is County Fair season again. Typically, this is a good time for all. Fun rides, decadent food, cute animals raised by local kids, special events, concerts and an eclectic variety of vendors. Unfortunately, County Fairs can be an accessibility nightmare for persons with disabilities. On one level, this is odd. Because… Continue Reading..
On September 15, 2010, the Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These regulations clarify and update the requirements for selling tickets for assigned seating at events such as concerts, plays, and sporting events. Effective March 15, 2011, the regulations require that: Venues sell tickets for accessible seats in the same manner and… Continue Reading..
As employees, we’re taught that discussing pay is rude or unseemly. Some employers may even threaten your job for doing so, despite these threats being illegal in California. However, if you don’t know how much your coworkers are making, there is a very good chance you are a victim of pay discrimination. How do the numbers look? In the U.S.,… Continue Reading..
The simple request Giovanni (“Gio”) Guadagnini made of the City of Pacifica could save lives. But city officials insist on continuing to violate federal law while putting our most vulnerable citizens at risk of injury and death. When a city fails to install the curb cuts required by law, wheelchair users are forced to travel along the side of the… Continue Reading..