Saturday, April 19, 2014

Judge Dismisses Couple's Lawsuit

A federal judge has thrown out the lawsuit of an intellectually disabled couple against two Long Island group homes that refused to let them live together as man and wife at their facilities.

Eastern District Judge Leonard Wexler rejected a claim that the Independent Group Home Living Program in Manorville and Maryhaven Center of Hope, Inc., based in Port Jefferson Station, had not made reasonable accommodations for Paul Forziano and Hava Samuels.
In Forziano v. Independent Group Home Living, 13-cv-00370, Wexler, sitting in Central Islip, wrote that the couple and their parents failed to establish disability-based discrimination claims, observing they "all arise out of defendants' purported refusal to accommodate the couple's desire to cohabitate as a married couple in either Independent Group Home Living or Maryhaven. Such alleged discrimination is based not on the couple's disabilities, but rather on their status as a married couple."

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