SAN DIEGO — Two Californians with disabilities are suing San Diego shopping center property owners, alleging disability discrimination.
Travis Morgan and Malina Gomez filed a complaint Oct. 24 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Mission Valley Shoppingtown LLC, Nordstrom Inc., and Does 1-10, alleging failure to provide full and safe equal access to its facilities.
According to the complaint, in May, Morgan, who has difficulty seeing and walking, and Gomez, an amputee who is legally blind, went to the Mission Valley Nordstrom to shop. The suit says they sustained difficulties and frustration from traversing the store's aisles because of the inaccessible paths that are less than 36 inches wide in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed to make reasonable modifications in its policies, practices, or procedures for handicapped customers, and failed to remove architectural barriers or make alterations to accommodate people with disabilities.
Morgan and Gomez seek trial by jury, damages of at least $4,000, injunctive relief, attorney fees, litigation expenses and costs of suit. They are represented by attorney Isabel Masanque of Center for Disability Access in San Diego.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California case number 17-CV-02169