Disabled customer accuses liquor store owners of violating ADA

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 9, 2018

LOS ANGELES — A disabled man who required a wheelchair is suing the owners of a Torrance liquor and food market, alleging negligent violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Unruh Civil Rights Act, Unfair Competition Act.

LOS ANGELES — A disabled man who required a wheelchair is suing the owners of a Torrance liquor and food market, alleging negligent violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Unruh Civil Rights Act, Unfair Competition Act.

David Hernandez filed a complaint Feb. 5 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against MBW Corporation, doing business as WC Liquor and Market and Does 1-10, alleging failure to provide full and safe equal access to its facilities.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 17, 2017 and again on Sept. 25, 2017, Hernandez went to WC Liquor and Market, 1658 W. Carson St., Torrance, to shop. The suit says Hernandez experienced discrimination, difficulty and frustration after encountering a number of barriers that interfered with his ability to use and enjoy the goods, services, privileges, and accommodations offered at the market. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to make reasonable modifications in policies, practices or procedures so it could serve people with disabilities.

Hernandez seeks trial by jury, preliminary and permanent injunction, damages of up to $4,000, restitution, attorney fees, litigation expenses, costs of suit, interest 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-912

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