Judge: Deaf Jersey City man deserves partial damages for discrimination at municipal court

Ryan Cuevas and the Jersey City Municipal Court. Inset photo via Facebook.

Ryan Cuevas, through his attorney Andrew Rozynski, alleged in a federal lawsuit that the municipal court violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination by failing to provide him a sign language interpreter in a timely fashion.

In short, Cuecas claimed that he received a parking ticket on August 22, 2019 and was informed in January his license would be suspended for failing to present proof of liability insurance.

“Just days before that hearing, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission informed Plaintiff in a letter dated January 17, 2020, that it was suspending his registration and driving privileges because of a separate infraction—his failure to present proof of liability insurance,” Wigenton wrote in her 21-page decision.

“Although Plaintiff promptly resolved the liability-insurance issue, the NJMVC refused to reinstate his driving privileges until JCMC adjudicated the Ticket.”

According to the suit, Jersey City Municipal Court only offers an “interpreter day” on the first Wednesday of each month, and while he was initially scheduled to be heard on January 22, 2020, a sign language interpreter wasn’t available until August 5, 2020.

Read on at https://hudsoncountyview.com/judge-deaf-jersey-city-man-deserves-partial-damages-for-discrimination-at-municipal-court/?fbclid=IwAR2VIfiy9XOoiS51sKfMK1Mz2zfkRUlBmaB4Rjq6ybZSrRT23p0L7fmT6Co