Fewer Employment Lawsuits Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
(07 May 2019) The latest available data from the federal courts show divergent trends for civil filings under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). New lawsuits filed under ADA's employment provisions have fallen off sharply during the last three months. In March there were just 152 new suits filed, the lowest since January of 2016. Just three months ago in December 2018 a total of 270 ADA employment filings were lodged. Until recently, according to the case-by-case court records analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, ADA employment suits had been slowly trending higher.

In contrast, non-employment ADA civil filings continue to increase. In March, there were 1,045 such suits filed - up 6.6 percent since February and 27.9 percent higher than a year ago.

Over seventy percent of non-employment ADA suits filed during the first six months of FY 2017 occurred in just five out of the 90 federal judicial districts within the 50 states. Trends as a result were highly influenced by what is happening in these districts. Employment ADA cases on the other hand are not highly concentrated. The same five districts only accounted for one in ten of these cases during the first six months of FY 2019.

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