Operators of at least 14 assisted-living and nursing facilities in Arizona unlawfully discriminate against prospective residents who are deaf, according to a federal lawsuit, the Arizona Republic reports.
The lawsuit, filed by the Southwest Fair Housing Council, follows almost two years of undercover inquiries.
Testers contacted large-scale facilities in the Phoenix and Tucson areas and requested accommodations for a fictional deaf grandfather.
They asked whether the facilities provided qualified American Sign Language interpreters and other aids to allow the grandparent to communicate effectively.
The testers recorded the interactions, contacting facilities multiple times over several months.
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