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Case Name United States and Cedar Rapids Agreement DR-IA-0003
Docket / Court Not filed ( No Court )
State/Territory Iowa
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Case Summary
This settlement agreement arose from an investigation of the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa. The federal government conducted a review of Cedar Rapids’ compliance with the ... read more >
This settlement agreement arose from an investigation of the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa. The federal government conducted a review of Cedar Rapids’ compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. That investigation resulted in a settlement, which was finalized on September 1, 2015. Because the settlement is the only public document related to this investigation, this Clearinghouse entry is limited to the information it contains.

The federal investigators found that people with disabilities were excluded from many of Cedar Rapids’ city services due to their disabilities, in violation of the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. The city and the federal government then entered into this settlement agreement, which was enforceable in federal court. In the agreement, Cedar Rapids agreed take a number of actions to comply with the ADA. The city promised to publish notice of the settlement, appoint an ADA coordinator, hire an independent licensed architect specializing in accessibility, publicize its ADA grievance procedure, interpreters and translators and ensure that its 911 system was accessible for TTY users, train its police department to interact with people with disabilities, and update its sidewalks, city website, and any changes to its facilities to be accessible. This city also agreed to provide written reports to the federal government for the pendency of the agreement and train all public facing city employees on how to interact with people with disabilities at least once a year. The agreement was set to terminate four years after its effective date.

As more than four years have passed since September 2015 and there does not appear to have been any further public action in the case, it now almost certainly closed.

Jonah Hudson-Erdman - 07/19/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reasonable Accommodation
Reporting
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
disability, unspecified
Hearing impairment
Mobility impairment
Visual impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Access to public accommodations - governmental
Effective Communication (ADA)
Failure to train
Government Services (specify)
Phone
Reasonable Accommodations
Screen readers and similar accessibility devices
TTY/Close Captioning/Videophone/etc.
Website
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) City of Cedar Rapids
Plaintiff Description the United States (DOJ Civil Rights Division & Northern District of Iowa USAO)
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2015 - 2019
Filed 2015
Case Closing Year 2019
Case Ongoing No
Court Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
not recorded
09/01/2015
Settlement Agreement between the United States of America and the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa under the Americans with Disabilities Act
DR-IA-0003-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Source: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
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