Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Wheelchair Users File 26 Title III Lawsuits Against Oklahoma City Businesses

See this article. Some excerpts:

"I finally got tired of people discriminating against me and others like me, so I finally did something about it," Lawson said.

That something was filing 26 federal lawsuits in Oklahoma City against businesses and other organizations Lawson claims refuse to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires that facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

Lawson's latest target is Oklahoma City, where he has sued officials for not meeting the needs of people with disabilities at state Fair Park.

Lawson isn't the only Oklahoman to file such lawsuits.

Cinda Hughes, last year's Ms. Wheelchair America, says her three lawsuits against Oklahoma City restaurants are not a personal vendetta. She too got fed up at businesses' inability to comply with a federal law passed nearly 15 years ago.

"It's not for monetary gain," Hughes said. "I like to go to these places to eat. The intent is for them to spend $200 to $400 to open the bathroom door far enough to get in a wheelchair."

Note that the plaintiffs' attorney in these cases is Gene Zweben, the same attorney who represents Miss Wheelchair Wisconsin in her lawsuits.


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