Weimer v. U.S. Air Force
Since 2020, Disability Rights Advocates and the Law Offices of Wendy Musell have represented a group of Deaf civilian employees, applicants, and former employees in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case against the United States Air Force—which, despite its $190 billion annual budget, has consistently failed to provide Deaf employees and applicants with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, videophones, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services, and other basic accommodations.
In April 2023, the EEOC appeals court, the Office of Federal Operations, affirmed an October 13, 2022, EEOC decision certifying a nationwide class of Deaf civilian employees and applicants, appointing our five clients as “class agents,” and appointing Disability Rights Advocates and the Law Offices of Wendy Musell as class counsel. The certified class consists of at least 700 Deaf civilian employees, at bases across the Air Force. The case will now go back to the EEOC Administrative Judge for further proceedings, but the successful class certification decision and this appellate win represent major victories for our clients and all the other employees they represent.
- May 3, 2023: Legal Reader
EEOC Affirms Decision Certifying Nationwide Class of Deaf Civilian Employees and Applicants in Case Against the US Air Force
- April 24, 2023: Federal Drive
A Lawsuit Against the Air Force on Behalf of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- April 13, 2023: HR Dive
Complaint Alleging U.S. Air Force Denied Interpreters for Deaf Employees Set as Class Action
- April 11, 2023: Daily Journal
EEOC Affirms Class of Deaf Air Force Personnel
- April 10, 2023: Disabled World
Nationwide Class of Deaf Civilian Employees and Applicants in Case Against USAF
- April 10, 2023: Military Times
Class Complaint of Inequity for Deaf Air Force Employees Moves Forward