Public to speak on settlement with Oregon disabled workers

The settlement stems from a class-action lawsuit filed in 2012

A gavel in a U.S. courtroom. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, file)
A gavel in a U.S. courtroom. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A federal judge this coming Monday will hear from people affected by a proposed settlement involving employment for people with developmental disabilities.

The settlement stems from a class-action lawsuit filed in 2012 alleging that Oregon relies too heavily on so-called “sheltered workshops,” where people with disabilities work almost exclusively with disabled co-workers.

The lawsuit alleged that Oregon’s practice prevented people with disabilities from working with non-disabled peers in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The U.S. Department of Justice joined the suit a year after it was filed.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart must sign off on the settlement before it can take effect. The hearing Monday in Portland’s federal courthouse is a chance for people who have worked in a sheltered workshop to weigh in on the proposal.

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