Harvard Will Change Caption System To Settle Deaf Bias Suit

Law360 (November 27, 2019, 3:11 PM EST) -- Harvard University plans to implement a new audio and video captioning policy and pay $1.5 million in attorney fees and costs to the National Association of the Deaf to settle a class action discrimination suit, the parties told a Massachusetts federal judge Wednesday.

Harvard’s new policy, which will go into effect Dec. 1, requires the university to abide by standardized accessibility guidelines when captioning all new audio and video content uploaded to a university website or third-party platform. Harvard will also be required to properly caption content that was uploaded before the policy effective date within five days of receiving a...

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