Deaf Woman Urges Top Court to Recognize Emotional Damages Remedy

Aug. 24, 2021, 1:47 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court should clarify that monetary damages are available for humiliation, anguish, and other forms of emotional distress in cases alleging violations of federal disability discrimination laws, a deaf woman told the top court.

The Supreme Court, federal appeals courts, and federal trial courts traditionally have allowed victims of intentional discrimination to recover emotional distress damages under Title VI and laws that incorporate its remedies, including the Rehabilitation Act and the Affordable Care Act, Jane Cummings said in her opening brief.

The tradition was broken by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit when it affirmed ...

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