— The owners of a property known as Center West Plaza have settled
allegations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
to remove barriers and greatly improve physical accessibility,
announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
The United States initiated an investigation into Center West Plaza
as part of a compliance review of strip shopping centers after receiving
a complaint regarding a similar property. The investigation revealed
that physical barriers existed at various locations in the parking lot
and access points of the shopping center.
The settlement agreement requires the property owner to remedy all
access barriers the United States has identified within three months.
Under the ADA, persons with disabilities shall be afforded the
opportunity to participate in or benefit from the goods, services,
facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations equal to that
afforded to other individuals. Title III mandates that no individual
shall be discriminated against on the basis of a disability by any
person who owns, leases or operates a place of public accommodation.
The Center West Plaza property is a place of public accommodation. As such, the owner is subject to the Title III requirements.
The United States Attorney is authorized to commence a civil action
when he believes discrimination exists, seeking full compliance with the
ADA, including requiring the owners and operators of places of public
accommodations to remedy the violations.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Keith Edward Wyatt and Annalisa Cravens
handled this investigation with the assistance of Paralegal Specialist