Teen with Down Syndrome not allowed on American Airlines flight

The Vanderhorst family is charging that they denied access onto a plane going cross-county, on an American Airlines flight from Newark to Los Angeles, because their son, Bede who is 16 yeaars old, has Down syndrome. They are claiming that the airline didn’t want a person with Down syndrome in first class. They boy was denied access on the place because the airline officials said he posed a “flight risk” as he appeared “agitated” in the waiting area. However, a video the family made shows that the boy was quietly playing with his hat. Bede’s parents stated that neither the pilot or crew spoke with them or their son that he posed any such risk.
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The ADA is a law that prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee because of a disability. It also requires the employer to provide reasonable accommodations in order for the employee to continue to work. This law also protects employees it because employers are prevented from retaliation against an employee for exercising their rights against disability discrimination. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 under the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal to diminish a person’s right to fully participate in all aspects of society based on physical or mental disabilities. However, many people with physical or mental disabilities have been precluded participating in all aspects of society because of discrimination. As such, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. See

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