• By: Richard Lewis

The ADA was meant to even the playing field for those with disabilities. To give them the opportunity to contribute to the community. Thousands with disabilities are caught in adilemma for employers do not comply with the ADA. My experience at CCBC - The Community College of Baltimore County is a perfect example. Reasonable accommodations were denied and retaliated against.

* Tape recorder to document instructions from Interim Coordinator

* Coming in early to input tutor's availablity

* The use of a Mac computer to complete end of semester reports

* Communicating via e-mail

The institution that which receives Federal and State dollars chose not to comply to Federal Statutes. It's time that our Government took a 0 tolerance to such behavior. The ADA is to protect those with disabilites and this statute should be enforced.I am seeking an investigation as to why this institution was non-compliant to ADA Laws.

We the undersigned are requesting a full investigation to the non-compliance of Federal Statutes that which led to the dismissal of Richard Lewis's contracts at CCBC - The Community College of Baltimore County.

Richard not only lost the contract tutoring students. Richard lost 3 adjunct teaching contracts. These contracts had nothing to do with the tutorial center.

On the day that which he was forced to resign, Richard had an appointment with Michael Schumann, Computer Tech, to install new software on a new G4 being loaned to the tutorial center. This computer would have allowed him to complete the end of semester reports. Yet when the Interim Coordinator learned of this, what did she say to the Department Chair of the computer graphics program. At 10:30 am Hal Rummel, Department Chair, discussed giving Richard Lewis a third contract as adjunct instrutor. Reason, Mr. Rummel was having difficulty filling the positions. At 11:55 am Hal Rummel called Michael Shumann's office after a short discussion I was put on the phone with Hal Rummel. I was informed that I was no longer working for the tutorial center. The contracts that which had already been assigned to me were supposedly going to full time faculty. This never took place, not one full time faculty took the sections that Hal Rummel had assigned to Richard Lewis. Losing three (3) contracts of adjunct instructor teaching in the discipline of computer graphics. Teaching state of the art applications to students.

As we have signed this petition we request a full investigation to the constructive discharge of Richard Lewis. We believe that Richard was discriminated against on the basis of disability and we request that the ADA be enforced in institutions that which receive Federal and State funding. We the undersigned thank you for addressing this grave injustice and seek a full investigation to any disabled employee who was constructively discharged from CCBC and the compliance of the ADA in the work place.

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