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Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA") and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will not discriminate against qualified individuals with either physical or mental disabilities in its services, programs, or activities.

Employment:

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations in the area of non-discrimination in employment.

Effective Communication:

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the AGO’s services, programs, and activities.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures:

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of office programs, services, and activities.  For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in all public areas of Ohio Attorney General’s Office owned facilities.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a service, program, or activity of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office should contact the ADA/Rehabilitation Act Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event:

Meredith L Rockwell
Chief of Human Resources
30 E. Broad Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8911

The ADA does not require the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.

Complaint Review Procedure under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act.

This Complaint Review Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the ADA and Rehabilitation Act. It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination, such as name, address, and phone number of complainant and the location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request. 

The complaint should be submitted by the complainant or the complainant’s designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:
  
Meredith L Rockwell
Chief of Human Resources
30 E. Broad Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-466-8911

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA/Rehabilitation Act Coordinator or the Coordinator’s designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the ADA/Rehabilitation Act Coordinator or the Coordinator’s designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print or audio tape. The response will explain the position of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.

If the response by the ADA/Rehabilitation Act Coordinator or the Coordinator’s designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant or the complainant’s designee may appeal the decision to the Chief Operating Officer for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response.

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Chief Operating Officer will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the Chief Operating Officer will respond in writing and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant with a final resolution of the complaint.

All written complaints received by the ADA/Rehabilitation Act Coordinator or the Coordinator’s designee, appeals to the Chief Operating Officer and responses from those offices will be retained by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for at least three years.