LOS ANGELES — A California man who requires use of a wheelchair is suing property owners and operators of a Los Angeles liquor business, alleging disability discrimination and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Richard Powell filed a complaint Nov. 8 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Overland Liquor and Does 1-10, alleging they failed to provide full and safe equal access to its facilities.

According to the complaint, on April 5 and again on May 16, Powell suffered discrimination and inconvenience, as a result of the unlawful business practice of the defendant to interfere with the plaintiff's ability to use and enjoy the goods, services, privileges and accommodations offered at Overland Liquor, 3585 Overland Ave., Los Angeles. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to properly maintain access aisles, failed to comply with the federal and state standards for the parking spaces designated for persons with disabilities, and failed to ensure that no individual is excluded, denied services or otherwise treated differently.

Powell seeks trial by jury, preliminary and permanent injunction to comply with ADA, appropriate statutory, general and treble damages, restitution, attorney fees, litigation expenses, costs of suit, interest, and all relief the court deems just. He is represented by attorney Kevin Hong of Advanced Disability Advocates in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 17-cv-08146

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