24 Jun, 2021 07:37 PM

Can I sue my English Professor for criticizing my typed papers because I'm a disabled person w/o their thumbs?

I lost my thumbs 7 years ago in a horse riding accident. Am I within my rights to sue him for criticizing the way I type because I dont have thumbs? I'm technically disabled/amputee. Is it against the law for him to make fun of the way I type? Update: He uses me as an example telling other studnets to not type like me or to never lose any of thier fingers.

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CA
24 Jun, 2021 07:37 PM

You can sue anyone for anything as long as you have a lawyer that takes the case and a court that accepts it.

RO
24 Jun, 2021 07:38 PM

Does he criticize your typed papers, or the way you do the typing?  If you have no thumbs, it would be cruel for him to make fun of the way you use a computer.  Not illegal, but cruel.  On the other hand, if what you are saying is that you make a lot of mistakes on your papers because you have a disability, I'm sorry, but you can be expected to correct for your disability and turn in papers which are correct, despite being unable to type in the usual manner.  

You can't sue him in either case, because there has been no monetary loss to you because of it.  You can, however, complain to the department chair if this professor makes fun of the way you look when typing.  He would deserve to be reprimanded for that.


RE
24 Jun, 2021 07:38 PM




If your disability is an issue to your education, you should speak to the disability services department of your university. 

It is not against the law for a professor to expect a student to proofread and edit their paper to near perfection before turning it in. Also because the only time a person generally uses their thumbs in typing is to hit the spacebar, saying that that is what caused your paper to be unsatisfactory is not really fair.

Don't abuse the system. It was your responsibility to make your acceptable. Even if it meant typing with the trusty search and peck method.

BR
24 Jun, 2021 07:38 PM

Absolutely not. However, if he does not provide appropriate accommodations AND your disability has been assessed and documented, he can get in trouble. BUT, for holding you to the same standards as the other students, NO. He CANNOT be sued. But think about it...do you really want to be held to lower standards b/c you have no thumbs?! Does that make you less of a person? NO! You are just as capable as others; you just MAY need accommodations depending on the severity of your disability.







RE
24 Jun, 2021 07:39 PM

No. You can't just sue someone because he or she is bullying you. He might just say that as your English professor he has the right to criticize your work and this is a good alibi. Besides suing someone is not an east process. It takes ample time and requires an amount of money. Talk to him first. If he doesn't stop then seek the help of your principal or dean.