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ACLU: Indiana Law Examiners Can’t Ask About Mental Illness
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has launched a class action lawsuit against the Indiana Board of Law Examiners, alleging that investigating the mental health history of law license applicants violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The ACLU is representing an anonymous woman who seeks an injunction prohibiting the BLE from asking certain questions about mental fitness. She suffers from an anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress.
Similar cases have resulted in the modification or removal of such questions in Maine, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
Founded in 1920, the New York-based American Civil Liberties Union consists of two separate non-profit organizations: the ACLU Foundation, which focuses on litigation and communication efforts; and the American Civil Liberties Union, which focuses on legislative lobbying. The ACLU’s stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”