(ADA LAW) Settlement agreement between USA and Lincare on ASL interpreter

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND
LINCARE INC
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DJ # 202-79-337
BACKGROUND

The parties ("Parties") to this Settlement Agreement ("Agreement") are the United States of America ("United States") and Lincare Inc. ("Lincare"), a supplier of oxygen, durable medical equipment and other respiratory care products and related services such as nebulizers, and sleep and enteral therapy.  Lincare operates approximately 800 centers in all states, except Alaska and Hawaii.  Lincare personnel make home visits and visits to other locations where medical equipment procured from Lincare is being used.  Lincare's services to support its customers are available 24 hours, seven days a week by calling a local phone number.

This matter was initiated by a complaint filed with the United States against Lincare, alleging violations of title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (the "ADA"), 42 U.S.C. SSSS 12181-12189, and its implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 36.  Specifically, Complainant S.W. (the "Complainant"), who is deaf, alleged that Lincare personnel failed to provide qualified sign language interpreter services during an appointment in which she was renting a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device ("CPAP").

Complainant S.W. is deaf and uses American Sign Language ("ASL") as her primary means of communication.

Read more at https://www.ada.gov/lincare_sa.html