Disabled customer accuses Los Angeles business of discrimination

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 29, 2018

LOS ANGELES — A disabled customer is suing a Los Angeles business, alleging disability discrimination.

LOS ANGELES — A disabled customer is suing a Los Angeles business, alleging disability discrimination.

Terry Hubbard, who suffers from cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair, filed a complaint Jan. 18 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against West Sixth & Broadway, Safros Corporation, 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, Hubbard went to Dave Tipp Jewelry and Loan at 561 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. The suit says, as a disabled person, Hubbard personally encountered barriers due to the narrowed path of travel and the transaction counter that was more than 36 inches in high, in violation of ADA. 

As a result, Hubbard says he has been deterred from returning and patronizing the jewelry store, which caused him difficulty and frustration. 

Hubbard alleges the defendants have failed to make reasonable modifications in policies, practices or procedures, when such modifications are necessary to so that persons with disabilities can afford goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations.

Hubbard 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 California, San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-00435-SJO-GJS

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