Disabled customer alleges L.A. restaurant failed to follow ADA provisions

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 7, 2018

LOS ANGELES — A disabled California man who requires a wheelchair for mobility, is suing a Los Angeles restaurant, alleging disability discrimination.

LOS ANGELES — A disabled California man who requires a wheelchair for mobility, is suing a Los Angeles restaurant, alleging disability discrimination.

Daniel Lopez filed a complaint Feb. 27, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Las Palmas Pupuseria Inc., alleging violation of the American’s With Disabilities Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, in December. 2017, Lopez went to Las Palmas, 1165 E. Florence Ave., Los Angeles to eat. The suit says Lopez encountered barriers as a disabled person. Lopez alleges there were no parking spaces marked and reserved for persons with disabilities and there is no lowered 36-inch portion of the transaction counter at the restaurant for use by persons in wheelchairs. 

As a result, Lopez says he was denied full and equal access, causing him difficulty and frustration. 

The plaintiff alleges Las Palmas Pupuseria failed to maintain its premises in working and usable conditions to provide ready access to persons with disabilities.

Lopez 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 Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-01576-CAS-FFM

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