SAN DIEGO — A disabled man is suing an El Cajon property owner, alleging disability discrimination.
Chris Langer, who requires use of a wheelchair, filed a complaint Jan. 18 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Judith Ann Barnes, individually and in her representative capacity as trustee of the Barnes Family Trust, and Does 1-10, alleging violation of the American’s With Disabilities Act and Unruh Civil Rights Act.
According to the complaint, in October 2017, Langer went to the defendant's property at 747 E. Main St., El Cajon, to visit George's Lawn Equipment to get a weed eater repaired and shop for supplies. However, Langer says there were no parking spaces marked and reserved for persons with disabilities like him, making him unable to park and causing him to shop elsewhere.
The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to provide any policies or procedures to maintain the parking lot and failed to include parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities.
Langer 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 Southern District of California case number 3:18-cv-00112-DMS-JMA