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Case Name United States and Yakima County Agreement JC-WA-0015
Docket / Court Not filed ( No Court )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Jail Conditions
Case Summary
The United States Attorney General’s Office and Yakima County, Washington, reached a settlement agreement to improve the County’s adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in June of 2015.

Based on a review of Yakima County’s programs, services, activities, and ... read more >
The United States Attorney General’s Office and Yakima County, Washington, reached a settlement agreement to improve the County’s adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in June of 2015.

Based on a review of Yakima County’s programs, services, activities, and facilities, the United States determined that people with disabilities were being excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of many of those programs, services, activities, and facilities because of their disabilities, and as result, the County discriminated against them in violation of the ADA.

The US and Yakima County agreed on several remedial measures in response to the violations that the Department of Justice found. The parties issued the agreement in order to avoid the burden and expense of further litigation.

Yakima County agreed to distribute and post notice that it will not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring and employment practices, that it will provide effective communication (meaning appropriate aids and services) to qualified people with disabilities, and that it will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access.

The County agreed to hire an independent architect to certify the modifications made to buildings during the agreement’s term.

Among the services the County agreed to improve were effective communication. This included finding qualified readers and sign language interpreters, making sure 911 services were trained to recognize and respond to text telephone calls, making sure that police stations and police officers were equipped and trained to serve the deaf, hard of hearing, and those who use alternative methods of communication, such as captioned telephone or computer.

The County also agreed to update its Emergency Operation Plan to incorporate ADA guidelines, which include things like procedures for making sure people with disabilities are not separated from their service animals in emergency situations; removing barriers from emergency shelters to make them accessible; reviewing sidewalk accessibility; taking steps to ensure compliance of county web sites and web-based activity; and ensuring that centers for domestic violence and abuse are equipped to aid people with disabilities.

The county agreed to submit reports six months after the agreement was signed, and every year after until the agreement expired. The agreement remained effective for three years.

Rachel Carpman - 02/21/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Goals (e.g., for hiring, admissions)
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reasonable Accommodation
Reporting
Training
Disability
disability, unspecified
Hearing impairment
Mobility impairment
Visual impairment
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Access to public accommodations - governmental
Communication skills
Conditions of confinement
Effective Communication (ADA)
Emergency shelter
Reasonable Accommodations
Sidewalks
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Yakima County
Plaintiff Description Department of Justice.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2015 - 2018
Filing Year 2015
Case Closing Year 2018
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Attachment A
JC-WA-0015-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date:
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Settlement Agreement Under the ADA
JC-WA-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/20/2015
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
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Gupta, Vanita (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Hill, Eve L. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Kijewski, Kevin J. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Rubin, Paula N. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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