Sunday, August 18, 2013

Deaf nursing student wins ADA case

A Missouri jury is siding with a deaf woman in her lawsuit against the Cox College of Nursing in Springfield. The school refused to allow Jessica Wells to complete her nursing classes because she is deaf and Wells claimed that was a violation of ADA law. Wells was removed from the program before starting her third semester. Cox College said the decision was based on safety issues. Cox won the original case, but an appeals court sided with Wells. The The jury awarded her $50,000. No word on whether the school will appeal the decision. Read more on the story--including a statement from the school at the News-Leader here.