Diverse Docket: LSAT-Takers With Disabilities Win Round in Calif. - Higher Education: A California civil rights agency can go forward with group claims that the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) illegally discriminates against LSAT-takers with disabilities, a federal judge has held.
U.S. District Judge Edward Chen said the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing doesn’t need to follow the more complicated procedure for class action certification because it’s a governmental agency “authorized to act in the public’s interest to obtain broad relief.”
The department sued on behalf of 17 California residents who allegedly were denied reasonable accommodation in taking the LSAT between 2009 and 2012 and on behalf of “all disabled individuals in the state of California who requested a reasonable accommodation” during the same period.
The 17 individuals sought accommodation due to such conditions as ADD, ADHD, nerve damage, learning disorders, quadriplegia, impaired vision and reading disorders. LSAC turned down their requests in whole or in part, the suit alleges.