LOS ANGELES – A wheelchair user alleges he was denied full access to a Hawthorne business because of barriers in the parking lot.
Carmen John Perri filed a complaint on April 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Advance America, Ramin Farzam and Does 1-10 over alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Unruh Civil Rights Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 17, he went to defendants' business to get pricing information when he encountered difficulty accessing the parking spaces in the parking lot. He alleges the parking area is not in compliance with the ADA. As a result, Perri claims he was denied full and equal access, which caused him difficulty, humiliation and frustration.
The plaintiff holds Advance America, Farzam and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly had no policy or plan in place to ensure compliant access to parking spaces for persons with disabilities.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for actual damages and statutory damages of no less than $4,000 per violation, attorneys' fees, litigation expenses and costs of suit. He is represented by Joseph R. Manning, Jr. and Michael J. Manning, Craig G. Côté of Manning Law, APC in Newport Beach.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number :18-cv-03615-MRW