Disabled man accuses Cerritots shopping center of violating ADA

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A disabled man who requires a wheelchair is suing a Cerritos shopping center, alleging disability discrimination and failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.

Luis Villegas filed a complaint Dec. 6 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Cerritos Promenade LLC and Does 1-10, alleging they denied persons with disabilities full access to its facility.

According to the complaint, in May 2017, Villegals went to Cerritos Promenade to shop at Starbucks. The suit says Villegas has been deterred from returning and patronizing the defendant's commercial business because of the discrimination he experienced from the illegal barriers that exist on the promenade property. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide level parking, failed to ensure that the accessible facilities were readily available, and failed to make alterations to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Villegas seeks trial by jury,damages, injunctive relief, actual damages, the statutory minimum of $4,000, attorney fees, litigation expenses and costs of suit. He is represented by attorney Isabel Masanque of Center for Disability Access in San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 17-cv-08777

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