According to an article in The News-Sentinel, companies in California continue to be sued for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, with a rash of businesses in Lodi recently receiving lawsuits.
An auto glass company and veterinary hospital both received lawsuits alleging the businesses failed to comply with ADA standards, which were passed in 1990, as well as the Unruh Act.
Both acts create regulations that entitle the disabled to full and equal accommodations or services at any business location. Thus, failing to have an adequate number of handicapped parking spots or an insufficient amount of space for a wheelchair to maneuver can result in lawsuits.
Both of the aforementioned businesses were sued by the same individual, who cited their low number of handicapped parking spots and failure to have warning signs regarding the parking spots' regulations.
Many businesses throughout California have received similar lawsuits recently, most of which have been filed by a single disabled lawyer who has been trying to increase awareness.
These lawsuits highlight the importance of businesses of any size adhering to industry regulations regarding the disabled, lest they be fined for noncompliance or sued for professional liability failure.