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Audit uncovers discrimination against disabled in Newton housing May 3, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in audit, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Committee for People with Disabilities, Disability Law Center, Disabled, Discriminate, Discrimination, discrimination against disabled, Discrimination against people with disabilities, discrimination in housing, housing discrimination, minority group, Murphy, Newton housing, The Newton Fair Housing Task Force.
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The woman called a real estate agent looking to rent an apartment, and indicated that she uses a wheelchair. Despite promising to call her back about prospects, the agent never did.

Another person without a disability called the same agent and was shown an apartment.

A man who is blind called an agent about renting a unit in a three-family, owner-occupied building. The agent asked if the man had pets, and he acknowledged using a guide dog. The agent said the owner lived below the available apartment, and the guide dog “would drive her crazy.” The man did not get the apartment.

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Dominican Republic ratifies treaty to eliminate discrimination against disabled people February 7, 2007

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In a ceremony held at the Organization of American States ( OAS ), the government of the Dominican Republic today formalized its ratification of the Inter-American Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities.

Santo Domingo.- The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the OAS, Roberto Alvarez, deposited the instruments of ratification and reiterated his country’s commitment to strengthen and promote human rights and in particular to help integrate people with disabilities into society.

As we all know, the level of state commitment to the human rights of all of its citizens lies in the extent to which it provides help to the most vulnerable groups of society, and unfortunately the disabled have been one sector that traditionally has received little attention from our governments, Ambassador Alvarez said.

The diplomat noted that with this instrument, we hope that not only governments but also organizations throughout society become more aware and begin to join in the effort that belongs to everyone, because this is not only a task for governments, but one that must be carried out by society as a whole.

OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza announced that in accordance with the terms and commitments of the treaty, the states parties will hold the First Meeting of the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities, which will take place in Panama City from February 28 to March 1.

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Wal-Mart greeter sues for discrimination January 30, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Barbara Flory, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Discrimination against people with disabilities, Discrimination against the disabled, Lawsuit.
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A disabled U.S. Wal-Mart greeter has filed a complaint alleging discrimination against her because she wanted to sit on a stool for a few minutes each hour.

Barbara Flory, 66, of Anchorage, Alaska, is partially paralyzed and has back problems.

She filed a discrimination complaint against Wal-Mart with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.

She also asked a U.S. judge to put her back to work after Wal-Mart put her on unpaid medical six months ago until the employment commission evaluates her discrimination claim.

Flory says Wal-Mart denied her repeated requests to sit on a stool for a few minutes each hour and to push fewer carts.

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