Wheelchair user alleges Al's Mini Mart is not readily accessible to customers with disabilities

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A Porterville business is alleged to have barriers that restrict access to patrons in wheelchairs.

SACRAMENTO – A Porterville business is alleged to have barriers that restrict access to patrons in wheelchairs.

Jose Trujillo filed a complaint on July 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Tarlochan Singh Narwal and Sarbjit K. Narwal, individually and doing business as Al's Mini Mart, alleging violation of the American Disabilities Act.

According to the complaint, on June 15, 2017, the plaintiff visited defendants' mini mart for the purpose of purchasing fuel and lottery tickets. He alleges architectural barriers at the store, including a raised threshold and narrow aisles, restricted access to him because the premises could not accommodate his wheelchair.

The plaintiff holds Al's Mini Mart owners responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to maintain in operable working condition those features of the facility that are required to be readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for injunctive and preventive relief, statutory damages, attorneys' fees, litigation expenses, costs of suit and interest at the legal rate. He is represented by Zachary M. Best of Mission Law Firm APC in San Jose.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California case number 1:18-at-00524

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