New York, NY – March 17, 2015: On the day a jury trial was scheduled to begin, Disability Rights Advocates and the Law Offices of Meenan and Associates entered into a landmark settlement with the NYPD in a case challenging the Department’s discriminatory blanket policy banning the use of hearing aids by police officers. The settlement concludes after four and a half years of hard-fought legal advocacy.
Such blanket policies are prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York City Human Rights Law. The case has attracted national attention and a friend of the court brief opposing the NYPD’s policy was filed by the Hearing Loss Association of America, AARP, and Veterans of Foreign Wars USA.
Under the settlement, the City will reinstate Plaintiff Daniel Carione—a 20 year exemplary veteran of the police force who suffered hearing loss in the line of duty and was forced to retire because he uses hearing aids.