LOS ANGELES — A disabled customer is suing the business operators of an Alhambra liquor store, alleging failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, negligence, unfair competition and violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act.
Jose Mendez, who requires use of a wheelchair, filed a complaint Jan. 22 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Mega Liquor No. 8 and Does 1-10, alleging failure to provide full and safe equal access to its facilities.
According to the complaint, on April 25, 2017 and again June 15, 2017, Mendez attempted to enter the Mega Liquor store, 2020 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra. The suit says during each visit Mendez encountered a number of barriers that interfered with his ability to use and enjoy the goods, services, privileges, and accommodations of the store.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to comply with federal and state standards for the parking space designated for persons with disabilities, and failed to adequately maintain the parking space designated for persons with disabilities.
Mendez seeks trial by jury, statutory general and treble damages of no less than $4,000, preliminary and permanent injunction, attorney fees, litigation expenses, costs of suit and all further relief the court deems just. He is represented by attorney Jason Yoon of So.Cal. Equal Access Group in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 18-cv-532