Disabled customer alleges Baldwin Park restaurant violated ADA standards

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES — A disabled customer is suing the owners of a Baldwin Park restaurant, alleging disability discrimination.

Nehemia Kong, who requires a wheelchair and a specially equipped van, filed a complaint March 2 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Jiland Property Management LLC, Uruapan Bar & Grill Inc., and Does 1-10, alleging violation of the American’s With Disabilities Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, in February, Kong went to defendants' restaurant Uruapan Bar & Grill, 13310 Ramona Blvd., Baldwin Park, to eat. The suit says Kong encountered difficulty while accessing the parking lot, the transaction counter inside the restaurant and the restroom. 

Kong says allege she plans to return and patronize the restaurant but will be deterred from doing so until the defendants cure the violations. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to maintain in working and usable conditions the features required to provide ready access to persons with disabilities.

Kong seeks trial by jury, injunctive relief, actual damages and a statutory minimum of $4,000, reasonable attorney fees, litigation expenses and costs of suit. She is represented by attorney Chris Carson of Center for Disability Access in San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-01772-PA-KS

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