leslielasherForrest Firm attorney Leslie Lasher recently sat for the “Legal Matters” podcast, a production of Triangle Radio Reading Service (TRRS), to discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Since 1983, the Triangle Radio Reading Service has connected people who are blind and print-impaired with each other, their communities, and families, by delivering news, information, and entertainment via the latest audio technology.

The TRRS broadcast signal covers the entire counties of Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, and Wake.  The signal also carries to significant parts of  Cumberland, Franklin, Guilford, Hoke, Johnston, Montgomery, Nash, Rockingham, Vance, and Warren Counties. The service depends entirely on financial contributions from civic organizations, corporations, grants, and individuals.  As TRRS is not available through an ordinary FM radio, listeners are loaned specially tuned receivers that cost the organization about $25 each.  The specially tuned radios are provided free of charge to those living in the broadcast area, although some listeners contribute as they are financially able.  The service also streams live on the internet, with podcasts also available.

In the September 2016 episode of “Legal Matters,” now available on the TRRS website, Lasher speaks with colleague Joe Austin of Ward & Smith, regarding provisions of the American Disabilities Act and how it applies to and affects the lives of people with visual impairments in the workplace.

Title I of The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Amendments Act of 2008, is a labor law that protects those with disabilities from discrimination. In addition, the Americans with Disabilities Act regulates covered employers with regard to the workplace, requiring reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. The Act also provides for public accessibility requirements for the disabled, including parking, ramps, and space requirements.

Leslie Lasher joined the Forrest Firm in the 2016. Lasher has practiced law in the Triangle since 2009, focusing her practice on the area of employment law. During the last seven years of practice, Ms. Lasher has developed a breadth of experience with private employers across multiple industry sectors, as well as deep experience with public agencies in need of employment counsel.

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