August 14, 2015

 

The Huntsville City Council has denied a city employee's request to bring his dog to work.

 

Richard Fowler claims he needs Rascal, his six-year-old Boston terrier, around him at all times to calm his severe anxiety. He recently sought permission to kennel Rascal at Hays Nature Preserve, where he works as an herbicide spray technician.

His boss said no; Fowler appealed to the Huntsville City Council.

 

At its meeting Thursday night, council members upheld the decision of Fowler's supervisor without...

November 23, 2014

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A law designed to break down barriers for disabled patrons has led to a flurry of lawsuits around Birmingham. The volume of legal action has made Alabama an outlier among states in the Southeast.

 

Dozens of small restaurants and bars in the Birmingham area, from Mountain Brook to Southside, have been hit with lawsuits this year claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Business owners say they are quick to fix any problem...

July 15, 2014

Question:  Can an Alabama business avoid complying with the ADA's mandate to make readily achievable modifications to existing inaccessible toilet rooms, as necessary to make them wheelchair accessible, by designating the toilet rooms as for "Employees Only?"

Answer:  No. 

Alabama has adopted the International Plumbing Code (IPC). http://www.bc.state.al.us/buildingcode.htm

The IPC requires public toilet rooms in all structures and tenant spaces intended for public utilization--the only e...

March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013
Source: AL.com

The Madison County [Alabama] Commission on Monday morning settled out of court with James Mason by agreeing to $65,000 in facility upgrades that will make the courthouse more accessible for [people with disabilities].

 

Mason, a retired police officer, filed 17 lawsuits in Huntsville for violations to Federal law under the Americans for Disabilities Act. In addition to private businesses, he accused the county and City of Huntsville of failure to meet ADA standards set...

May 28, 2010

Lee High School seniors file into the under-renovation Von Braun Center arena for Thursday's graduation ceremony. A legal settlement between the city and Access Now will greatly improve handicap access to the downtown entertainment center.

 

HUNTSVILLE, AL--A $1.2 million legal settlement approved by the Huntsville City Council on Thursday would greatly improve handicap access to the city-owned Von Braun Center.

 

The city will create dozens of new handicap parking spaces around the VBC, lower sinks...

April 27, 2009

The Birmingham News

A Fairfield woman sued the city of Hueytown claiming that Brooklane Community Center and Bud Newell Memorial Park do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


D'Wanna Williams filed the suit in U.S. District Court in March. Williams' attorney, Edward Zwilling, said his client is a paraplegic who shops in Hueytown for her medical supplies and has often stopped by the park with family. The facilities at the park are not accessible to Williams, who has lost both legs...

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