Cases

Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID) v. Serra Yellow Cab

February 24, 2016

A lawsuit filed on February 24, 2016 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California alleges that Serra Yellow Cab (“Serra”) violates federal and state law by charging wheelchair users up to four times more than the standard fare because they require accessible taxis.  Serra, a for-profit transportation company based in Daly … Continue reading “Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID) v. Serra Yellow Cab”

Kaiser Permanente Structured Negotiations

February 2, 2016

In 2012, DRA, the California Coun­cil of the Blind (CCB), Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho (GBDH), and three Kaiser patients with vision disabilities entered structured negotiations with Kaiser Permanente to address health care access barriers. These barriers to services, programs, and facilities compromise the health care of people who are blind or low vision. Kaiser patients … Continue reading “Kaiser Permanente Structured Negotiations”

Audio Description in AMC Theaters

January 14, 2016

AMC has agreed to improve audio description service in its theaters nationwide, after several blind individuals, the California Council of the Blind, and the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (LightHouse) brought a case against the theater chain. Audio description technology enables people who are blind or low-vision to participate in and enjoy the … Continue reading “Audio Description in AMC Theaters”

Stokes et al. v. Total Transit, Inc. (d/b/a Discount Cab)

December 8, 2015

Disability Rights Advocates, in partnership with the Arizona Center for Disability Law, filed this suit in November 2015, alleging that Total Transit Inc., doing business as Discount Cab, violates federal and state law by charging wheelchair users in Arizona a $10.00 fee per trip in addition to their regular fare because they require accessible taxis. … Continue reading “Stokes et al. v. Total Transit, Inc. (d/b/a Discount Cab)”

Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS), et al. v. Union Community Health Center (UCHC), et al.

May 9, 2015

In September 2016, Disability Rights Advocates announced a settlement of its federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of Bronx Independent Living Services (“BILS”) and three individuals with disabilities in the Bronx, alleging that the Union Community Health Center (“UCHC”) and St. Barnabas Hospital discriminate against patients with disabilities. Specifically, the suit had alleged that the UCHC … Continue reading “Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS), et al. v. Union Community Health Center (UCHC), et al.”

Jantz, et al. v. Barnhart

March 24, 2015

Disabled employees of the Social Security Administration (SSA) challenged SSA’s discriminatory practice of limited job promotions and other career advancement opportunities for people with disabilities. On August 25, 2010, the EEOC Office of Federal Operations affirmed the October 8, 2008 decision of the Administrative Judge to certify the case as a class action.  SSA filed … Continue reading “Jantz, et al. v. Barnhart”

Phillips, et al. v. City of New York, et al.

March 18, 2015

James Phillips and Daniel Carione filed this lawsuit in 2011 to challenge their termination from the New York City Police Department under a policy that discriminates against officers with hearing aids. Both individuals had exemplary service records – and both sustained hearing loss while performing their duties as police officers. Yet, the NYPD terminated their … Continue reading “Phillips, et al. v. City of New York, et al.”

United Spinal Association et al. v. Beth Israel Medical Center et al.

August 14, 2013

In October 2017, Disability Rights Advocates and Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, on behalf of United Spinal Association, Inc. and four individuals with mobility, vision, and hearing disabilities, settled a federal class action lawsuit against Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Continuum Health Partners.  The hospitals are … Continue reading “United Spinal Association et al. v. Beth Israel Medical Center et al.”