Disabled man accuses San Francisco property owners of violating ADA

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 18, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A quadriplegic man who requires a wheelchair and a specially equipped van is suing San Francisco hotel owners, alleging failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

SAN FRANCISCO — A quadriplegic man who requires a wheelchair and a specially equipped van is suing San Francisco hotel owners, alleging failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

Scott Johnson filed a complaint Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against TCC Union Square LP, Tiburon Capital Corporation, and KPH Management LLC, alleging they denied full access to the physically disabled.

According to the complaint, between December 2016 and October 2017, Johnson was unable to patronize the Kensington Park Hotel, 450 Post St., San Francisco, due to limited accessible guestrooms for use by persons with disabilities. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to make reasonable modifications in policies, practices or procedures, and failed to remove architectural barriers where such removal is readily achievable.

Johnson seeks trial by jury, injunctive relief, actual damages and a 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 Northern District of California case number 18-cv-350

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