Case: United States v. American Association of State Social Work Boards

4:00-cv-90343 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa

Filed Date: July 6, 2000

Closed Date: 2003

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Case Summary

On July 6, 2000, the Disability Rights Section of the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa against the American Association of State Social Work Boards under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The plaintiff alleged that the American Association of State Social Work Boards violated the ADA by failing to provide the visually impaired man with a qualified reader.It appears that the plaintiff and defendant engage…

On July 6, 2000, the Disability Rights Section of the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa against the American Association of State Social Work Boards under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The plaintiff alleged that the American Association of State Social Work Boards violated the ADA by failing to provide the visually impaired man with a qualified reader.

It appears that the plaintiff and defendant engaged in extensive negotiations prior to filing the lawsuit. On July 12, 2000, the District Court (Senior Judge Robert W. Pratt) entered a consent decree that required the defendant to pay $1,500 to the visually impaired man and called for adoption of compliance procedures and appointment of ADA compliance officers. The United States was given the power to monitor the implementation of the Consent Decree until it expired on May 1, 2003. It appears that there was no actions brought to enforce the consent decree and the case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Brian Kempfer (3/21/2014)


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bowen, L. Irene (District of Columbia)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Nickerson, Don Carlos (District of Columbia)

Sutherland, Daniel W. (District of Columbia)

Wodatch, John L. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Works, Matthew A. (Nebraska)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bowen, L. Irene (District of Columbia)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Nickerson, Don Carlos (District of Columbia)

Sutherland, Daniel W. (District of Columbia)

Wodatch, John L. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Works, Matthew A. (Nebraska)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

USA v. AASSWB

July 6, 2000 Docket
2

Consent Decree

United States of America v. American Association of State Social Work Boards

July 12, 2000 Order/Opinion

Resources

Title Description External URL

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
3

ANSWER by defendant AASSWB complaint [1−1] (ld) (Entered: 01/25/2001)

Jan. 24, 2001
2

(Order) Consent Decree by Judge Robert W. Pratt −− see order for numerous particulars... (cc: all counsel) (ld) (Entered: 07/17/2000)

July 12, 2000
1

COMPLAINT (Summons(es) not issued) ; Rule 16 Dismissal Notice set for 11/3/00 ; Dismissal ddl (service) set for 11/3/00 (ld) (Entered: 07/10/2000)

July 6, 2000

State / Territory: Iowa

Case Type(s):

Disability Rights/Public Accommodations

Key Dates

Filing Date: July 6, 2000

Closing Date: 2003

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Disability Rights Section of the United States Department of Justice on behalf of a visually impaired man

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: Yes

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

American Association of State Social Work Boards, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: $1,500

Order Duration: 2000 - 2003

Content of Injunction:

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Discrimination Prohibition

Monitoring

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reasonable Accommodation

Retaliation Prohibition

Issues

General:

Education

Reasonable Accommodations

Screen readers and similar accessibility devices

Testing

Test or device

Discrimination-area:

Testing

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Disability:

disability, unspecified

Visual impairment

Type of Facility:

Non-government non-profit