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Date: 12-20-2023

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Jennifer Hulton v. Artesian Water Company

Case Number: 1:22-cv-01584

Judge: Maryellen Noreika

Court: United States District Court for the District of Delaware (New Castle County)

Plaintiff's Attorney:

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Defendant's Attorney: Lauren Elizabeth Moak Russell

Description: Wilmington, Delaware civil rights lawyer represented the Plaintiff who sued the Defendant on an Americans with Disabilities Act violation theory claiming to have suffered $106,000 in damages.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Building a Level Playing Field

The ADA is a landmark civil rights law in the United States that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. It ensures equal access to opportunities in areas like employment, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. Here's a closer look:

Key Pillars of the ADA:

Non-discrimination: No one with a disability can be excluded, denied, or treated differently because of their disability. This applies to both individuals and organizations.
Reasonable accommodations: Businesses and organizations must make reasonable modifications to their policies, practices, and facilities to provide equal access for people with disabilities. This could include, for example, providing ramps for wheelchair users, offering sign language interpreters for deaf individuals, or adjusting work schedules for someone with chronic pain.
Accessibility standards: The ADA outlines specific accessibility standards for various public spaces and facilities, ensuring they are usable by people with different disabilities.

Areas of Impact:

Employment: Employers cannot discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in hiring, firing, promotions, or other employment opportunities.
Public accommodations: Restaurants, stores, hotels, libraries, and other public spaces must be accessible to people with disabilities.
Transportation: Public transportation, such as buses and trains, must be accessible to people with disabilities.
Telecommunications: Communication services, like phone calls and websites, must be accessible to people with disabilities.

Benefits of the ADA:

Equal opportunity: The ADA empowers people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of life.
Economic independence: By ensuring equal access to employment, the ADA allows people with disabilities to contribute to the workforce and achieve financial independence.
Social inclusion: The ADA fosters a more inclusive society where everyone can live, work, and play together.

The ADA is an ongoing journey:

While the ADA has made significant progress in promoting equality for people with disabilities, challenges remain. Advocacy efforts continue to ensure its full implementation and address emerging accessibility needs."

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Outcome: 12/19/2023 36 MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Maryellen Noreika on 12/19/2023. ***Copy mailed to Pro Se Plaintiff 12/19/2023*** (dlw) (Entered: 12/19/2023)
12/19/2023 37 ORDER re 36 Memorandum Opinion GRANTING 28 Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment; DENYING AS MOOT 22 Defendant's motion to amend the scheduling order and to compel plaintiff's compliance with discovery; DENYING AS MOOT 23 Plaintiff's request for a meeting. The Clerk of Court is directed to enter judgment in favor of Defendant and against Plaintiff and to close the case. Signed by Judge Maryellen Noreika on 12/19/2023. ***Copy mailed to Pro Se Plaintiff 12/19/2023*** (dlw) (Entered: 12/19/2023)
12/19/2023 38 JUDGMENT in favor of Artesian Water Company against Jennifer Hulton (CASE CLOSED) Signed by Judge Maryellen Noreika on 12/19/2023. ***Copy mailed to Pro Se Plaintiff 12/19/2023*** (dlw) (Entered: 12/19/2023)

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