OPA: Legal
 Legal Pleading List
 Consent Decree: Laflamme et. al., v. New Horizons, Inc., et. al.
 DOJ files Amicus Brief in OPA v. CT
  The Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in OPA v. CT on Nov. 25, 2009. DOJ supported OPA's position that individuals with mental illness in Connecticut are forced to remain in nursing homes because DMHAS, DSS and DPH do not provide sufficient services in the community in violation of Title II of the ADA. DOJ also supported OPA's position that we have standing to bring these claims. This amicus brief is part of an effort by DOJ to support Olmstead actions throughout the country.
 Brief Analysis of March 31, 2010 Ruling
 Disability Rights Advocates Move to Intervene in Assisted Suicide Case
  The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (OPA) filed a motion in Superior Court today to intervene in a recently filed lawsuit about assisted suicide.OPA is joined in the motion by two well known Connecticut advocates, Catherine D. Ludlum of Manchester, and Claude Holcomb of Hartford. The advocates are asking to intervene in order to ensure that the disability perspective is represented in the case.
 Messier v. Southbury Training School
  Southbury Settlement Opens Door to Community Living. Following an October 4, 2010 Fairness Hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Bree Burns has officially signed off on an agreement settling a longstanding lawsuit over the rights of residents of Southbury Training School. Messier v. Southbury Training School, was originally filed in 1994.
 Justice Department’s New ADA Rules Go into Effect on March 15, 2011
  WASHINGTON – Revised regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will take effect March 15, 2011, the Department of Justice announced. The revised rules are the department’s first major revision of its guidance on accessibility in 20 years.
 Settlement Agreement between the DOJ and Wells Fargo & Co.
  On May 31, 2011, the Justice Department's Disability Rights Section and Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California entered into a comprehensive settlement agreement with Wells Fargo & Company. Under the Agreement, Wells Fargo will pay up to $16 million to compensate individuals who experienced discrimination in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when trying to call Wells Fargo, access Wells Fargo's services, or visit one of Wells Fargo's retail stores.
 Information from the DOJ
  Schools and pre-schools must accomomodate children with autism and diabetes.
 Justice Department Settles Lawsuit with the Puerto Rico Department of Justice Regarding Employment Rights
  The Justice Department settled a lawsuit with the Puerto Rico Department of Justice (PRDOJ) to protect the rights of employees with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The settlement resolves a complaint that the PRDOJ discriminated against an employee with a disability by failing to provide her with a reasonable accommodation, as required by the ADA.
 Health Care Providers Settle with Justice Department Over Complaints of HIV Discrimination
  The Justice Department announced that it has reached two settlements today resolving claims that health care providers refused to serve people with HIV in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
 Bow Tie Cinemas Sued
 U.S. District Court Legal Notice
  To Residents of Chelsea Place Care Center in Hartford or Bidwell Care Center in Manchester: You may be entitled to live in the community with appropriate supports. A federal court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer. Aviso Legal del Tribunal de Distrito de los EE.UU. Residentes de Chelsea Place Care Center en Hartford y Bidwell Care Center en Manchester: Usted podría tener derecho a vivir en la comunidad con la ayuda de servicios y apoyo adecuados. Un tribunal federal autorizó esta notificación. Este mensaje no es un anuncio publicitario de una firma de abogado. (Spanish version)
 U.S. District Court Approves Settlement; Individuals With Mental Illness To Live In Community-Based Residences With Support
  U.S. District Court Approves Settlement; Individuals With Mental Illness To Live In Community-Based Residences With Support
 Notice of Proposed Amended and Restated Class Action Settlement and Hearing
 Settlement Agreement Between the USA and Quinnipiac University under the Americans with Disabilities Act
 U.S.D.O.J. reach settlement agreements
  The Justice Department announced today that it reached settlement agreements under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the cities of DeKalb, Illinois; Vero Beach, Florida; Fallon, Nevada; and Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Under the settlement agreements, each city agrees not to conduct any medical examinations or make disability-related inquiries of job applicants before a conditional offer of employment is made, and to make its online employment opportunities website and job applications conform with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, which are industry guidelines for making web content accessible.
 US Dept. of Justice Settles Lawsuit Against Days Inn Tulsa
  Days Inn Tulsa violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it denied a room to a veteran and his family because the veteran uses a service dog.
 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a disability discrimination lawsuit
  Car Dealership Settles Discrimination Lawsuit against Employee with Multiple Sclerosis The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a disability discrimination brought against Benny Boyd Chevrolet-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, Ltd. An employee at the car dealership who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis was harassed and later forced to resign. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act it is illegal to harass and discriminate against an employee because of his or her disability. EEOC also alleged that one of the dealership's supervisors subjected the employee to demeaning comments about his condition, including asking him, "What's wrong with you? Are you a cripple?"
 OPA Attorneys Recognized for Outstanding Work
  On June 24, 2015, the OPA attorneys were recognized and received Law Enforcement Awards from the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut, for their dedication in securing and safeguarding the civil rights of persons with disabilities.
 New Law Limits the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
  New Law to Benefit Children. In 2015, the Connecticut legislature passed new legislation that places significant limits on the use of restraint and seclusion in Connecticut schools. The Office of the Child Advocate and the Office of Protection and Advocacy, both charged with advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, applaud the bi-partisan reform bill that will reduce and prevent reliance on unnecessary and harmful interventions for children.
 Justice Department Announces ADA Title III Consent Decree
  The Justice Department announced today that it filed a complaint and consent decree resolving claims that 30hop restaurant and bar in Coralville, Iowa violated the new construction requirements of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the consent decree, the owners of 30hop will, among other things, install an elevator between the ground floor and rooftop patio levels of the restaurant, install a platform lift between the ground floor and basement levels, provide accessible dining surfaces in each built-in area of the restaurant and bar, provide closed risers on the staircase to the rooftop patio, increase the maneuvering clearance at the entrance door, bring the toilet rooms into compliance with the ADA requirements for newly constructed facilities, pay a $17,500 civil penalty; and pay $3500 to compensate an individual with a disability who is not able to access the rooftop patio. The agreement has a term of two years.
 U.S.D.O.J. Press Release
  U.S.D.O.J. entered into agreement which ensures effective communication with hearing impaired individuals at John Dempsey Hospital. According to the complainant, she was forced to rely on her boyfriend’s limited ability to interpret her symptoms during the medical examination because her request for an ASL interpreter was denied by hospital staff. Within two days after discharge, the complainant’s symptoms had escalated, and she ultimately had an emergency appendectomy at another hospital because her appendix had burst.