On April 18, 2016, federal Judge Ronnie Abrams granted preliminary approval to a groundbreaking settlement with the New York City Transit Authority. Working as co-counsel with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), the firm represented a class of disabled New Yorkers who are limited-English-proficient and alleged that they were subjected to discriminatory treatment when applying for or trying to use Access-A-Ride, the city’s accessible public transport service for people with disabilities. New York City Transit operates Access-A-Ride.
Under the terms of the settlement, New York City Transit will create a comprehensive plan to provide interpretation and translation services to limited-English-proficient New Yorkers and make Access-A-Ride equally available to the tens of thousands of New Yorkers with disabilities who do not speak English well.
NYLPI is a public interest law firm that represents marginalized New Yorkers. The firm team included Partner Richard F. Ziegler and Associate Justin O. Spiegel. In a NYLPI press release, Mr. Ziegler is quoted saying that “we were delighted to work closely with the top-notch and committed lawyers at NYLPI’s Disability Justice Program to help vindicate the legal rights of New Yorkers with disabilities who cannot speak English well.”