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Herrera v. New York State

Case Area: , Disability:

On June 10, 2020, Disability Rights Advocates filed a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the State of New York and several of its agencies. The Charge challenges the State’s bright-line rule disqualifying anyone with binocular vision lower than 20/40 from being hired as a Mental Health Therapy Aide Trainee (MHTAT),[…continue]

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Hernandez v. New York State Board of Elections

Case Area: , Disability: ,

On May 22, 2020, DRA and a coalition of disability organizations filed a lawsuit against the New York State Board of Elections for excluding New Yorkers with disabilities from their Absentee Ballot program, which has expanded in response to COVID-19. The lawsuit charges the state agency with discrimination against voters who are unable to independently[…continue]

News & Current Events

An envelope being held up Disability Groups Demand Access to North Carolina’s Inaccessible Absentee Voting July 27, 2020

  Lawsuit Filed Today in Federal Court July 27, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – Today, disability organizations filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBOE”) for excluding North Carolinians with disabilities from their Absentee Voting program. The lawsuit charges the state agency with discrimination against voters who are unable to independently[…continue]

Looking up an escalator at Amityville LIRR Station MTA and LIRR Agree to Install Elevators and Make Other Station Improvements to Resolve Lawsuit Brought by Passengers with Disabilities July 13, 2020

NEW YORK, NY – July 13, 2020 – Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Kasowitz Benson Torres and the Law Offices of James E. Bahamonde are pleased to announce that, on behalf of three plaintiff passengers with disabilities and advocacy organization Self-Initiated Living Options (SILO), the federal court has approved an agreement on July 10 with the MTA and[…continue]

View from behind bars inside ICE detention center Advocates Decry ICE Heel Dragging and Noncompliance with Court-Ordered Custody Redeterminations June 25, 2020

  Attorneys from national civil rights organizations seek to enforce earlier order to ensure the safety of thousands of people in detention June 25, 2020 – RIVERSIDE, CA – Last night, civil rights advocates filed a motion to enforce a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Central Division of California, seeking to[…continue]