DOJ Deal Resolves Row Over Ore. Disabled Worker Practices

Law360, New York (September 9, 2015, 9:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement Tuesday with the state of Oregon in what it says is a first-of-its-kind class action alleging the state’s employment services system unnecessarily placed intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals in low-paid, sheltered workshop positions instead of jobs integrated with the community.

The deal resolves the nation’s first class action to challenge a state-funded and administered employment service system for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act’s integration mandate, the DOJ said. The suit claimed the Oregon Department of Human Services placed disabled individuals at segregated workshops that gave them little to no contact with non-disabled...

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