Seremeth v. Bd. of Cty. Comm’rs. of Frederick Cty., MD, No. 10-1711
Decided Mar. 12, 2012
Robert Seremeth appeals the district court’s ruling of summary judgment for defendants, arguing that he was entitled to have the jury hear his argument that he was not reasonably accommodated by the defendants during their investigation in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s order, holding that although the ADA applies to the investigation of criminal conduct, due to the exigencies inherent in responding to a domestic violence situation, no further accommodations were required other than the ones made by the deputies. Even though the accommodations were not best practices, the accommodations were reasonable given the officers’ overwhelming need to obtain information quickly to protect themselves and others from possible violence.
-Sara I. Salehi