The Rights of Individuals with Food Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the ADA

Speaker: William Lynch

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


This presentation will explore the rights of individuals with food allergy-related disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In particular, the presentation will discuss recent decisions such as the Lesley University voluntary settlement (for which the presenter was lead attorney) and guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice in higher education, child care, and in restaurant settings. The presentation will include a question and answer session. 

William Lynch is a trial attorney with the Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, and has been with the department for six years. Among other things, he is responsible for investigation, litigation, and technical assistance of matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. He has asserted the United States' interests and resolved matters in the following subject matter areas: accessible technology; primary, secondary, and higher education; emergency management; corrections; architectural accessibility; service animal access; and effective communication in courts. Prior to joining the department, he served as judicial law clerk advising and consulting with judges on the resolution of disputes arising in various types of litigation.


The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.