LOS ANGELES — A paraplegic is suing restaurant owners, alleging disability discrimination and failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.
Stephen Turner filed a complaint Sept. 25, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Pomona First Plaza PTRS LP and Jan Kuvantrarai, doing business as Banana Bay Restaurant, alleging the business owners failed to provide full and safe equal access to its facilities.
According to the complaint, on June 24 Turner, a paraplegic who requires a wheelchair, was discriminated against and sustained difficulty while attempting to utilize the parking facility of the defendant's restaurant in Rowland Heights, California. The suit says the defendants failed to make reasonable modifications and remove architectural barriers to accommodate all individuals, including persons with disabilities.
The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to design and construct its premises to be accessible to and accommodate persons with disabilities, and denied the rights of plaintiff and other disabled persons to access this public accommodation.
Turner seeks trial by jury, damages, preliminary and permanent injunction, statutory damages of $4,000 for each occurrence of discrimination experienced, attorney fees and court costs. He is represented by attorney Pamela Tsao of Ascension Law Group in Tustin, California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 17-C-7055