Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Harvard Moves Forward

Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Harvard Moves Forward

University is accused of failure to provide closed captioning of its online content.

After years of motions and hearings, a 2015 lawsuit against Harvard will move forward in federal court, the Harvard Crimson reports.

The suit alleges that the school failed to provide closed captions for its public online content and provided inaccurate closed captions where they did exist.

The National Association of the Deaf and four of the organization’s members claim that Harvard’s online platforms — including YouTube, iTunes U, Harvard@Home, and the Extension School — frequently fail to provide sufficient captioning for video and audio content in violation of federal law.

The initial complaint alleges that Harvard denies its content to deaf and hard of hearing people, violating the 1973 U.S. Rehabilitation Act and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a statute that prohibits disability discrimination in places of public accommodation.

This most recent ruling marks the second time Harvard has failed to convince a judge to bring the case to a close.

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