House Bill HR 620 appears to be off of life support and back into consideration for the House of Representatives. This bill now called ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 has been languishing in the House Judiciary Committee for almost 2 years. It was sponsored by Ted Poe of Texas.
Currently a person with disabilities who encounters discrimination with a business has a few choices and frankly must be a scholar in disability law. The individual can file a complaint with DOJ (US Dept of Justice) who to the knowledge of a Disability I spoke to has not even investigated a complaint in years. In Indiana a complaint with ICRC (civil rights commission) can be made. There are other agencies that can be contacted for complaints for specific issues. Otherwise the individual can sue. None of these options are easy and law suits are almost impossible because of the small number of Qualified Disability Attorneys and the unwillingness of many attorneys to file such civil rights suits.
This bill would make it virtually impossible to get redress for disability discrimination by businesses. Here is what the bill would do:
1. The bill would require the complainant to put in writing their issue in accordance with specific ADA and other laws. The specificity required would usually take an attorney to address.
2. The business would have 60 days to just acknowledge they received the complaint.
3. The business would have another 120 days to make 'substantial' improvements toward meeting standards. If they do that and still don't meet the full standards they cannot be sued.
4. Under this bill any person filing this complaint would be subject to fines - essentially criminalizing filing a disability discrimination complaint.
Let's make sure we don't lose services that allow disabled people to stay at home.
WE NEED TO START SHOWING UP IN MASS TO PUSH BACK ON THESE ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY WHAT LITTLE GOOD ADA DOES.IT'S TIME TO STAND WITH THE DISABLED. WHO IS WITH US (IN ACTIONS NOT JUST WORDS).We will be visiting the local offices of House Reps in the very near future. Who will join us?