DRLC is pleased to announce Kathryn L. Tucker, Esq., as its new Executive Director and Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs. Ms. Tucker joins DRLC from the national nonprofit organization Compassion & Choices, where she worked to improve patient rights and choice at the end of life as Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs for two decades. She also served as lead counsel in two landmark end of life care cases before the United States Supreme Court, which established the right of dying patients to aggressive pain management.
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DRLC Files Suit against Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority
On February 25, 2013, DRLC filed suit against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and MTA contractor Veolia Transportation Services, Inc. alleging disability discrimination against individuals who use wheelchairs in the provision of fixed route bus services. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Plaintiff Jose Calderon, alleges that the MTA and Veolia consistently fail to comply with long-standing Department of Transportation ("DOT") regulations that mandate bus drivers to ask non-disabled individuals to move from designated priority seating areas and wheelchair securement locations so that people requiring such accessibility features may use them. For months Defendants' drivers have refused to comply with the DOT regulations and refused bus services to Calderon on the basis that there was "no room" for him as a wheelchair user. The lawsuit is Calderon v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, et al. CV-13-01381 MFW.