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October 23, 2010 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
As a frequent flier, I have long wondered about the legality of charging baggage fees for those of us who are disabled and can't use the overhead bins. I have a bad shoulder, and flight attendants will not assist me. It seems to me that airlines should not charge a fee for bags for people who are disabled. Does the Americans With Disabilities Act apply? Audray Johnson Riverside Answer: The Air Carrier Access Act, a cousin to the Americans With Disabilities Act, applies.
Los Angeles City Council members Mike Feuer and Richard Alatorre have proposed the creation of a separate city department on disability, designed to jump-start the city's belated efforts to comply with the federal disability rights law. If the measure passes today as expected, Los Angeles will be among the first major cities in the country to elevate disability issues to the level of a city department, said Jim Dickson of the National Organization on Disabilities, a national advocacy group.
To the applause of onlookers, Sarah Will thundered up to the Venice Beach pier on her powerful jet water ski Monday as part of the Los Angeles stretch of the 24-city "Spirit of ADA Torch Relay." Aided by lifeguards, Will got into her wheelchair and passed the torch to a runner. The torch relay, conducted by the American Assn. of People With Disabilities, is traveling cross-country to mark the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. agreed to a court order Wednesday that prohibits the company from conducting genetic tests on workers, settling the first legal challenge of the practice by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But the nation's second-largest railroad faces an ongoing investigation by the EEOC and possible lawsuits over allegations that it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by subjecting 20 workers' blood samples to genetic testing.
June 8, 2002
Thank you, Charles Lindner, for exposing the hatchet job that the U.S. Supreme Court has been doing on the rights of Americans with disabilities ("Supreme Court Upsetting a Rights Movement," Opinion, June 2). If the court were to erode civil rights protections based on race or gender discrimination, there would be a great outcry. Sadly, although disabilityrights advocates are very much aware of what the court has been doing, few others seem to be very concerned. Disability is a natural part of life.
March 16, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Washington Bureau
New federal regulations improving access for the disabled took effect Tuesday at more than 7 million facilities nationwide, including many used for recreation. The changes, required under the Americans with Disabilities Act, affect places such as amusement parks and movie theaters. "If you went on vacation and your family was going to go play a game of miniature golf, up until now, a child in a wheelchair would have to sit on the side and watch everybody else have fun," said Maureen Fitzgerald, director of disability rights at the Disability Policy Collaboration, an advocacy group.
April 16, 1994 | WILLSON CUMMER
The City Council and members of the Access Appeals Board met this week to discuss the jurisdiction of the board, which oversees whether building owners are complying with laws dealing with access by the disabled. The city's building inspectors can check to see that structures comply with the laws, the council and board members were told. The inspectors can order expensive changes to be made to bring them up to code, they said.
December 29, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
The Justice Department on Monday filed its first court action to enforce the Americans With Disabilities Act, charging the California operators of an accounting review course with discrimination against students with hearing impairments. The civil complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Becker CPA Review of Encino. The company offers review courses for accountants preparing to take the national certified public accountant exam.
July 14, 1990 | From Associated Press
Legislation hailed as an "Emancipation Proclamation" for 43 million disabled Americans cleared its final congressional hurdle Friday as the Senate passed it on a vote of 91 to 6. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said that President Bush will sign the Americans With Disabilities Act as soon as a ceremony can be arranged--probably as early as next week. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.
January 9, 1999 | From Associated Press
An office with a window was more than just a perk for Linda Burris. It was, she said, the only way she could work without feeling claustrophobic. But when a new boss put her in an office without a view she began having panic attacks and had to quit, she said in a lawsuit seeking $2 million and back pay. She also wants her secretarial job back. "I would start feeling panicky or shaky," she said Friday. "After a while, I felt like I couldn't breathe."
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