Court Issues Ruling in Oregon Employment Case

Last week, the U.S. District Court in Oregon issued a ruling in Lane v. Kitzhaber (3:12-cv-00138-ST). The case alleges that Oregon is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide employment services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated settings appropriate. The Court granted a motion to dismiss the complaint, but without prejudice and with leave to amend, while directing the Plaintiffs how to correct the wording of the complaint. Additionally, the Court determined that the plaintiffs have valid cognizable claims under Title II of the ADA and that the ADA’s integration mandate applies to the provision of employment-related services. As of Capitol Insider publication time, the Court’s Opinion and Order is not yet widely available. However, Disability Rights Oregon, representing the plaintiffs, has provided a summary (the state of Oregon has not released a summary of its own, as of publication time).

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