This presentation will update both the
v. Kitzhaber case,
challenging Oregon's reliance on sheltered
workshops as a violation of the ADA, including
the challenges, limitations, and potential
relief available in a class action cases.
Advocates for individuals with
intellectual and developmental disabilities
filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District
Court on January 25, 2012 challenging Oregon’s
failure to provide supported employment services
to more than 2,300 state residents who are
segregated in sheltered workshops where they
perform mundane tasks, such as folding UPS bags.
The lawsuit charges state officials with
violating the Americans with Disabilities Act
and the Rehabilitation Act by confining
individuals with disabilities to segregated
settings where they have little – if any –
interaction with non-disabled peers. Moreover,
they are paid far below the state’s minimum wage
of $8.80 for doing rote tasks that offer no
training, no skills, and no advancement.
Lane v. Kitzhaber-Fact Sheet.pdf
DOJ's Statement of Interest in Support of
Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification
Class Certification Decision
DOJ Complaint in Intervention (Word)
DOJ Memorandum in Support of Its Motion to
District Court decision denying motion brought
by seven individuals with disabilities to
decertify the class.
-Link to brief presenter bio:
Kathy Wilde, J.D.