Millionaire discrimination suit reinstated

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A Federal Appeals Court judge Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit claiming that ABC
discriminated against disabled people who wanted to become contestants on Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire
, AP reports.

Millionaire is currently not part of ABC's schedule, but the show is
airing in syndication.

Disability-rights advocates had sued the network and the show's producer for
using a telephone system that excluded hearing-impaired people, as well as those
unable to use touch-tone telephones.

A lower-court judge had concluded that the Americans with Disabilities Act
isn't broad enough to cover the process of qualifying by touch-tone phone, but
the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta Tuesday countered that
the lawsuit contained a valid claim.

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