SACRAMENTO — A disabled Arizona woman is suing a public lodging services in Bakersfield, alleging failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.

Theresa Brooke of Pinal County, Arizona, who requires a wheelchair due to the loss of a leg, filed a complaint Jan. 12 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Capri Motel LLC, alleging failure to provide full and safe equal access to its facilities.

According to the complaint, in December 2017, when Brooke was at the Capri Motel, 202 Union Ave., Bakersfield, she was harmed by Capri's discriminatory practices and failure to remove architectural barriers that hinder wheelchair access to the lobby. The suit says this is due to steps that lead to the only doorway or entrance to the lobby. 

The plaintiff alleges Capri Motel denied her equal access to its public accommodation on the basis of her disability, and failed to remove architectural barriers to make its lodging services fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Brooke seeks trial by jury, damages of no less than $4,000, declaratory relief and whatever other relief the court deems just. She is represented by attorney Peter Kristofer Strojnik of The Strojnik Firm LLC in Phoenix.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California case number 18-at-00020

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