Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Justice, California Public
Employees Retirement System and Department of Social Services, have failed to accommodate the state's 1,500 deaf employees, according to the suit, which also names Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a defendant. You can read the suit here.
In some cases, deaf people have been left behind at these agencies during evacuation drills -- but they've also been overlooked in real emergencies. At meetings they are sometimes denied interpreters and videophones, according to the lawsuit. The allegations suggest the agencies have violated the Americans with
Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
"California is supposed to be a model employer, but deaf employees are
not getting the accommodations they need," Kevin Knestrick, an
attorney with Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, told KTVU.
Filed by seven state employees and Deaf and Hard of Hearing State