ADA Legal News

Virginia: DOJ Settlement Agreement with Spotsylvania Medical Center

The U.S. Department of Justice entered a settlement agreement with the Spotsylvania Medical Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The agreement aims to improve communications between hospital staff and patients and their companions who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The hospital will implement a comprehensive plan to ensure that appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, are provided when necessary to ensure effective communication. Additionally, the hospital will pay a total of $121,000, distributed among several complainants as compensation for the effects of alleged discrimination.

Barbri, Inc. Will Improve Access to Bar Prep Course

Barbri, Inc., which offers a course designed to prepare law students for bar exams, entered a settlement agreement that will result in improved access for students who are blind.

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Enforcement and Litigation Data

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released data on all the charges filed with the agency in fiscal year 2017. A significant percentage (approximately 32%) of charges alleged discrimination based on disability. Data specific to various issues and laws, including charges filed under the ADA, can be found on the agency’s site.