Settlement Reached with Law Firm over ADA Violations
Are law firms required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when dealing with clients and the general public? You bet they are. Failing to do so just cost a law firm $60,000 and significant costs associated with changing their policies and procedures when dealing with disabled members of the public. Specifically, this law firm refused to accept calls from members of the deaf community; instead, they would demand that the caller call back when management was around. Two members of the deaf community complained to United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), which started an investigation. The investigation discovered this policy of discrimination. Of interest, the law firm was required to pay $30,000 to each of the 2 complaining parties, along with making substantial changes to their policies and procedures. Yearly staff training is now required of this firm, along with significant other and expensive modifications to the firm’s procedures.
LaBovick Law Group has divisions dedicated to pursuit of ADA compliance as well as defending businesses and property owners who find them inadvertently violating the ADA. Members of the deaf community are encouraged to enforce their rights under the ADA by pursuit of complaints of discrimination. LaBovick Law Group has successfully prosecuted medical services providers under section 504 of the Medicare Rehabilitation Act which prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities by medical services providers. If you feel that you or someone you know has been a part of a discrimination act call us at LaBovick Law Group for a free consultation.