Doe and Roe v. County of Los Angeles
In July 2021, Disability Rights Advocates filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of two participants in Los Angeles County’s federally-funded Master of Social Work Trainee Program, whose internship and employment offers with the County’s Department of Children and Family Services were withdrawn following invasive and unnecessary psychological evaluations. Read the Complaint.
Plaintiffs allege that the County subjected them to an unlawful pre-employment psychological evaluation, withdrew their internship and job offers based on assumptions about their mental health, failed to consider possible accommodations in good faith, and otherwise discriminated against them on the basis of disability.
In November 2022, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper denied the County of Los Angeles’ motion for summary judgment on all counts, and granted summary adjudication in favor of Plaintiffs, stating that the County’s so-called “interactive process” seemed to be a “sham,” and that it had completely failed to consider possible accommodations for Plaintiffs’ disabilities, as it was legally required to do. Read the Court’s minute order granting summary adjudication in favor of Plaintiffs here.
- November 22, 2022: National Association of Social Workers California
NASW-CA Statement on Jane Doe and Mary Roe v. County of Los Angeles Decision
- November 22, 2022: Legal Reader
Court Finds that County of Los Angeles Discriminated Against Trainee Program Participants with Mental Health Disabilities
- November 22, 2022: LAist
Judge Says LA County Didn’t Give Applicants With Mental Health Disabilities a Fair Shot
- November 20, 2022: Los Angeles Daily News
DCFS Discriminated Against Trainees Based on Unlawful Psychological Evaluations, Judge Rules
- November 16, 2022: Daily Journal
Los Angeles County Didn’t Follow Rules on Pre-employment Psych Evaluations