LOS ANGELES — A disabled man who requires a wheelchair is suing a Downey bakery store, alleging disability discrimination.
Richard Powell filed a complaint Dec. 21 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Kang Chau, doing business as Dennis Donuts, and Does 1 through 10, alleging violation of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to the complaint, on May 9, 2017, Powell went to Dennis Donuts at 8636 Imperial Highway, Downey. The suit says the store is open to the public but Powell, as a disabled person, encountered a number of barriers that interfered with his ability to use and enjoy the goods, services, privileges and accommodations offered at the business.
As a result, Powell says he was denied full and equal access to the business, causing him difficulty and frustration.
The plaintiff says Dennis Donuts failed to comply with federal and state standards for the parking space designated for persons with disabilities and failed to make alterations in such a manner that, to the maximum extent feasible, the altered portions of the facility are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.
Powell seeks trial by jury, damages of no less than $1,000, preliminary and permanent injunction, attorney fees, litigation expenses, costs of suit, pre-judgment interest, and all other relief the court deems just and proper. 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 2:17-cv-09142-PA-RAO