Psychiatric

Mental Health & Wellness Coalition v. Stanford

On July 16, 2018, with three new students joining the suit, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a motion for class action certification requesting that the court certify a class to challenge Stanford’s system-wide policies and practices that discriminate against students who are at risk of self-harm due to a mental health disability.  Stanford routinely bars […]

T.G., et al. v. Kern County, et al.

On February 22, 2018, Disability Rights Advocates, in partnership with Disability Rights California (“DRC”), released a 50-page report on our 6-month investigation of the treatment of youth with disabilities at the Kern County Juvenile Hall and other Kern County juvenile detention facilities. Our investigation uncovered abuse and neglect of youth with mental health and behavioral […]

FDNY’s Discrimination Against Veterans

On September 19, 2017, DRA filed a class Charge of Discrimination against the City of New York and the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) for discriminating against veterans applying for FDNY positions. On December 12, 2017, DRA filed a second Charge in the same case. The Charges are filed on behalf […]

M.G., et al. v. New York City Department of Education, et al.

On July 27, 2017, DRA filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”), the City of New York, and DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña, in her official capacity, alleging violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other anti-discrimination laws on behalf of a class of students with disabilities […]

Adam X., et al., v. New Jersey Department of Corrections, et al.

Disability Rights Advocates filed this lawsuit against New Jersey Department of Corrections (“NJDOC”) and New Jersey Department of Education (“NJDOE”), alleging that adult prisons in New Jersey routinely violate the rights of high school students with disabilities by denying them education. Some students in these prisons receive no education whatsoever, while for others, education consists […]

Mental Health in Higher Education

In May 2018, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law center in Berkeley, California, filed suit against Stanford University, alleging that it has discriminated against students with mental health disabilities. We continue to consult with students regarding potential legal claims, at Stanford and other colleges and universities. If you have a mental health disability (e.g., anxiety, […]

D.C. Center for Independent Living, et al. v. District of Columbia

On September 9, 2014, DRA filed a class action lawsuit together with co-counsel from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs against the District of Columbia for its failure to meaningfully include persons with disabilities in its emergency planning. People with disabilities have traditionally faced exceptionally […]

G.F. et al. v. Contra Costa County et al.

Disability Rights Advocates in partnership with Public Counsel filed this lawsuit because Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall had a policy and practice of locking young people with disabilities in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day and depriving them of education. In a video, parents of young people held at Juvenile Hall say […]

Jantz, et al. v. Barnhart

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 […]

Farrell v. Allen

In 2004, the California Youth Authority (CYA), the state’s juvenile prison system, agreed to a major overhaul of the entire CYA system to address the inhumane and illegal conditions of confinement which affect young inmates in the CYA system. The case was brought under state law to stop the CYA from perpetuating illegal conditions within […]