A pro-se victory!
Greyhound settles an ADA complaint brought
pro se by ADAPT activist -- and pays $5,000 to ADAPT, too!
In late July, Greyhound settled a a lawsuit brought pro se by Dawn Russell
of Memphis ADAPT. Russell had filed the suit in federal court seven months
earlier. The suit charged that there were violations of the ADA in that
Greyhound staff were not adequately or properly trained and did not "provide
assistance as needed." Since the 1990 passage of the ADA, Greyhound
has lobbied the Department of Transportation to delay needed regulationsthat
would requre lifts on buses.
Russell, who is not an attorney, filed, litigated and negotiated the
settlement, she said in a press statement. "It is time people with
disabilities spoke up. They violated my rights, so I took them to court."
As part of the settlement, Greyhound's attorneys arranged a conference
between Russell and Greyhound senior officials concerning lifts on buses
and agreed to donate $5000 to ADAPT, the civil rights organization for
people with disabilities that paid Russell's filing fee for the lawsuit.
Final Department of Transportation regulations concerning ADA compliance
of over-the-road buses are due Sept. 15.
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