ADA Advocacy News Flash

A new case settlement by the United States Department of Justice and Baltimore County involving employees with disabilities and in particular those with diabetes who were prevented from being hired into certain public safety jobs because of insulin-treated diabetes.

The case is U.S. v. Baltimore Co., Maryland and a court-decreed settlement was entered this week.  The case involved allegations that the county improperly required employees to submit to medical examinations and that the county had a practice of automatically disqualifying applicants with diabetes for EMT positions.  The agreement contains strong protections for people with disabilities as well as strong training and reporting requirements.  Most pleasing to the ADA, it requires the county to stop automatically disqualifying applicants for public safety jobs who have insulin-treated diabetes.

You can read the consent decree here: http://www.ada.gov/baltimore_co_cd/baltimore_co_CD.htm

DOJ’s press release is available here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/August/12-crt-982.html

Kudos to plaintiffs’ attorney Kathleen Cahill and the strong civil rights champions at the Department of Justice for helping another large employer understand its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act!

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