Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Pizza Hut Accessibility Settlement

See this article, which begins:

The nation's largest Pizza Hut franchisee has agreed to renovate hundreds of restaurants to settle claims they are inaccessible to the disabled, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

NPC International Inc., which has executive offices in Lenexa, Kan., and its restaurant services center in Pittsburg, Kan., reached the settlement to resolve alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The agreement requires restaurants to repair parking lots, seating areas, bathrooms and self-service counters to bring them into compliance.

The company, which operates about 800 restaurants in 25 states, did not admit any violations of federal law and reached the settlement to avoid potential litigation, according to a copy of the settlement agreement.

"Too often, the ease and enjoyment of restaurant dining is not a reality for individuals with disabilities," said Wan J. Kim, assistant attorney general for the department's Civil Rights Division. "I commend NPC for their commitment to take the steps necessary to make its Pizza Hut restaurants accessible."

Under the settlement, NPC must alter or remodel all the Pizza Hut restaurants it owns to make them comply with the ADA and train all its employees and store managers on how to operate under the law.

Thanks to Paul Secunda for the tip.


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