The ADA offers hearing-impaired inmates protection from discrimination

People who are deaf or hard of hearing make up one of the largest populations that are helped by various provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One subset of that population that is protected by the ADA consists of people with hearing loss who are in prison. This week, while I am on…

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Bank employee with hearing loss prevails in ADA accommodation suit

By Fred Cohen MONROE, LA–An employment discrimination case brought by Wanda Smith, a lien release processor with J.P. Morgan Chase, Smith claimed that even using prescriptive hearing aids she still does not hear at the level of a typical adult. She was fired by Chase for failing to meet a productivity benchmark of 13.34 lien…

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Texas court upholds hard-of-hearing prisoners’ right to telecommunications access

Fred Cohen, Hearinghealthmatters.org’s expert on the nexus between hearing and the law, contributed the following post to Hearing News Watch.   By Fred Cohen AUSTIN, TX–A Texas state trial court has issued an order requiring Texas prison authorities to provide telecommunications to hearing-impaired prisoners using the Texas prison telephonic system The order requires the prison…

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