Man alleges Gardena business has barriers that restrict access for disabled customers

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | May 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A wheelchair user alleges a Gardena restaurant did not maintain a parking space for patrons with disabilities.

LOS ANGELES – A wheelchair user alleges a Gardena restaurant did not maintain a parking space for patrons with disabilities.

Jesus Aparicio filed a complaint on April 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Khin Tan, doing business as Hong Kong Express, and Does 1-10 citing the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Oct. 24 and again on Dec. 8, 2017, he was discriminated against both times while using the facilities of the defendants because of defendants' failure to maintain the parking space designated for persons with disabilities. 

The plaintiff holds Tan and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to comply with the federal and state standards for an ADA-compliant parking space by failing to post the required handicap parking signage and failed to maintain the parking space.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants for preliminary and permanent injunction; award of statutory, general and treble damages; restitution; attorney’s fees; litigation expenses; costs of suit; interest and further relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Kevin Hong of Advanced Disability Advocates in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-03644

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