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Court holds that Americans with Disabilities Act doesn't apply to facilities in place of employment where the Defendant is the State

Plaintiff Babcock sued the State of Michigan, her employer, arguing that "various design features" of the building where she worked, included ramps and lack of handrails, constituted a denial of her rights as a "physically challenged" person under the ADA.  The Sixth Circuit ruled that "there is a distinction between access to a specific facility and access to a public service, program or activity" and that Babcock had not established an enforceable private right of action.  Therefore she could not overcome the State's 11th Amendment sovereign immunity.

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