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For those with hearing impairments, restaurant noise isn’t just an irritation. It’s discrimination.

July 7, 2019 | Media News

Professor Ruth Colker, Distinguished University Professor and Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law was recently quoted in the Washington Post article titled, For those with hearing impairments, restaurant noise isn’t just an irritation. It’s discrimination.

Noise as a disability-rights issue is an “evolving area of law,” said Ruth Colker, a law professor at Ohio State University, who specializes in disability law. If a restaurant refuses to accommodate a hearing disability, “you do not call the police,” she said. “That’s not going to help. It is a civil problem, and you can file a lawsuit with the assistance of a lawyer, which is not an easy thing to do.”