It was only last year that James Pitaro, the lawyer who has represented clients with severe disabilities in high-profile cases like the death of John F. Kennedy and the Supreme Court, sued former President Donald Trump for discriminating against disabled people.
But that’s only because the Trump administration recently decided to take away Pitaro’s ability to use his own money for defense against disability discrimination.
That means Pitaro will have to hire his own lawyers, who he won’t be able to hire directly.
Pitaro also won’t have the power to bring a case against the Trump White House directly, which means that his clients could also be hit with discrimination lawsuits.
“I am very disappointed that the Trump Administration has decided to eliminate the ability of disability attorneys to sue the Executive Branch of the United States government for discrimination,” Pitaro said in a statement.
“The ability to sue in federal court is one of the most important tools for defending the rights of all Americans.”
Pitaro has argued that Trump has discriminated against people with disabilities in the past, and he says the new rules are a violation of his rights.
“We are currently facing a crisis in disability representation, and this latest move by the Trump administration is yet another attack on disability rights,” Pitaryo said in his statement.
Pitarys legal team also said that the administration’s new rules mean that he can’t pursue a disability discrimination case at all.
“As a lawyer and as a father of a severely disabled child, it’s heartbreaking to see my family’s rights eroded under the Trump Administration’s new disability rules,” Pitario said.
Pitario’s attorney, Daniel Binder, also weighed in on Pitaros plight.
“It’s very important for us to understand that the new rule does not allow James Pitary to pursue a claim against the White House,” Binder said in an email to Recode.
“Pitary has been a member of our legal team for decades and has been fighting the White Houses discrimination policy, but now his rights are being severely curtailed.
James Pitario has long fought for equal treatment in the legal profession and his new legal team is committed to standing up for his rights.”
Binder added that he’s hopeful that the White houses legal team will work with Pitaro to make sure that the president is held accountable for his actions.
“There are no winners in this new rule,” Binders said.
“For James Pitarro, the new policy has had the potential to make life hard for him.
James was denied a job because of his disability and this new policy will likely do the same to his family.”
Pitary said that his team has already started preparing to take on Trump’s legal team in the coming weeks.
“While the administration has not yet released any documents, we will soon begin to prepare for a lawsuit to stop the new disability policies,” Pitar said.
He said that he will also be filing a lawsuit against the Department of Education.