LOS ANGELES – A paraplegic alleges a Montebello store has architectural barriers that denied him full and equal access to the store.
Jovany J. Munoz filed a complaint on April 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Team Kira LLC and Does 1-10 citing the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in March 2018, he visited The Best Family Discount Store on the defendants' property to stop. He alleges the parking stall and access aisle in the parking lot marked for persons with disabilities had a slope greater than 2.1 percent, and that inside the store there were stairs to the various levels that the plaintiff could not use due to his wheelchair. He alleges there were no accessible paths of travel to the store's levels available to him.
The plaintiff holds Team Kira LLC and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to remove the architectural barriers where such removal is readily achievable.
The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendants for damages, injunctive relief, actual damages, attorney's fees, litigation expenses and costs of suit. He is represented by Chris Carson, Raymond Ballister Jr., Phyl Grace and Dennis Price of Center for Disability Access in San Diego.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-03653