An open and shut case of discrimination against the handicapped

There's always a career in politics to resort to

There’s always a career in politics to resort to

Crazed Lehigh student Megan Thode sues university for the C+ she received and the subsequent ruination of her life. I understand her complaint: the ADA mandates A’s for all education majors, so what the heck happened here?

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15 responses to “An open and shut case of discrimination against the handicapped

  1. AJ

    What is going on? Here’s an e-mail I just received from my internet provider, Bell Canada, that calls itself Sympatico and has a Homepage called the “Loop”, like in the loop I guess:

    Every day, 500,000 Canadians miss work due to a form of mental illness. Not because they’re lazy, not because they enjoy it, because they need help. Let’s end the stigma. On February 12, Bell will donate 5¢ more for initiatives helping the millions of Canadians affected by mental illness for every:
    Text message sent*
    Long distance call made*
    Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
    Facebook share of our Let’s Talk image

    Here’s their feature article of the day: ‘Five reasons you shouldn’t be afraid of therapy’ http://www.theloop.ca/living/article/-/a/1484572/Five-reasons-you-shouldn-t-be-afraid-of-therapy They also had an article on why everyone should seek help yesterday, and here’s a long list of recent articles on the same subject from their own website search:http://search.theloop.ca/search?q=mental health&filter=0&access=p&client=default_frontend&output=xml_no_dtd&proxystylesheet=theloop&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&ud=1&exclude_apps=1&site=default_collection

    What are they trying to do, get everyone on antidepressants? Wonder if the same kind of push is going on in America?

  2. Al Dente

    I was an A student in a cooking school, yet my wife hates my salsiccia, she won’t have nothing to do with it.

  3. Inagua

    This is a good example of why we need loser pays. The House passed it in 1995 (it was part of the Contract with America,) but Clinton threatened a veto, and the Senate never acted on it.

  4. dogwalker

    Am I missing something? What does this have to do with ADA?

    Having run into a mess myself (different circumstances, but it would have prevented further study in my preferred field), I’m on the fence. Who knows?

  5. Fred2

    Yep. “Loser pays” would by itself reduce the amount of litigation in the US by a dramatic amount. There’s _nothing_ like having skin in the game.

    Of course you’;d have to have the amount the loser pays subject to some judicial review. Let’s face it, if you bring a (good faith) lawsuit against, say, the government, or some deep pocketed individual/corp, it would be quite unjust to saddle the loser with some larded up accounts where supposedly 17 lawyers at eleventy hundreds of dollars an hour working on this for 8 months… where the initiator had one part time paralegal.

    The intent is to painfully discourage the potential suit losers from going in & harassing people legally knowing they might lose and hope to get a payout to go away, not drive honest people to complete destitution because the defenders can put a platoons of legal weasels on the bill.

  6. Libertarian Advocate

    There is one reason there will never be law suit reform in this country and its called the A.J.A. (f/k/a A.T.L.A.).

  7. Libertarian Advocate

    Correction: AAJ – Here’s a useful link to where their members’ money goes: http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000000065&cycle=2012

  8. Publius

    The case should be thrown out because human development majors will never earn $1.3mm in their lifetime so the case is not based on fact.It is more likely that this person will suck $1.3mm out of government coffers in her pursuit of “helping people”.

  9. Anonymous

    In my day a C+ was considered pretty good- that was before grade inflation

    • dogwalker

      “Grade inflation”, in some cases, has been institutionalized. When applying for graduate studies, if you have below a B in a subject relevant to you area of study, you will not be accepted. Now this woman was already in graduate school, so I don’t know why her career was ruined. Some certification thing?

  10. Artie

    If I can sue for every grade less than a B, I’ll be looking at some places in mid-country VERY soon!

  11. Mandated “As” for education majors would explain my daughter’s social studies teacher.