LOS ANGELES — A California man with physical disabilities is suing owners of a Bellflower liquor store, alleging disability discrimination and failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.
Pedro Jimenez, who requires a wheelchair, filed a complaint Jan. 25 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Rebecca Lee Heyn, doing business as Sportsman Liquor Store, and Does 1-10, alleging they failed to provide full and safe equal access to its facilities.
According to the complaint, on May 15, and July 13, 2017, Jimenez suffered difficulty and discrimination from patronizing the defendants' liquor and grocery market business, 17803 Clark Ave., Bellflower, due to a number of barriers that interfered with his ability to use and enjoy the goods, services, privileges, and accommodations offered at the store.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to maintain the parking space designated for persons with disabilities, and deterred Jimenez from visiting the business because of his knowledge and encounter of ADA violations.
Jimenez seeks trial by jury, preliminary and permanent injunction, statutory, general and treble damages of no less than $1,000, restitution, attorney fees, litigation expenses, costs of suit, and all further relief the court deems just. He is represented by attorney Kevin Hong of Advanced Disability Advocates in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 18-cv-644