Friday, February 19, 2016

360 Federal Credit Union Settles ADA Complaint

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut has reached a settlement with 360 Federal Credit Union (Windsor Locks, CT) to ensure equal access for individuals with disabilities at all 360 Federal Credit Union locations, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

An individual, who is hard of hearing, alleged in a complaint that 360 Federal Credit Union would not accept his video relay calls.

Under the agreement, 360 Federal Credit Union will pay a small monetary sum to compensate the individual for the expenses he incurred as a result of the credit union’s failure to accept his video relay calls. The agreement also requires 360 Federal Credit Union to accept video relay calls in all of its credit union locations and amend its policies, practices, and training to ensure the removal of barriers to access at its branch offices.

Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by businesses that serve the public. Among other things, the ADA requires financial institutions, accountants, lawyers, doctors and other businesses to provide auxiliary aids and services that are necessary for effective communication. For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, auxiliary aids include qualified sign language or oral interpreters, use of relay services, computer-assisted real time transcription, and, for simple communications, the exchange of written notes.

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