Disabled Bar Owner Sued Over Ada Compliance
Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:30 PM
FOLSOM, CA - A Carmichael attorney, well known in the region for filing lawsuits against small businesses related to disability access, has recently targeted Cameron Park and Folsom businesses.
Scott Johnson, himself confined to a wheelchair, has filed more than 2,000 suits in the past few years, citing inaccessibility to businesses and their restrooms among other things.
Johnson said his civil rights have been violated by not being able to access the targeted businesses.
City Slickers bar on Natoma Street in Folsom is one of the more recent businesses to face Johnson and the potential for a lawsuit.
Johnson, a quadriplegic with “extremely limited use” of his arms, said he visits every establishment prior to serving them a letter or suing, but doesn’t always go inside.
“If they don’t have ramps, I don’t go inside,” he said in a recent phone interview. “If it’s parking and restrooms and things that I’m not able to get into when I visit, my assistant will go in and take pictures.”
That appears to be the case at City Slickers.
Dennis Dority, owner of the local watering hole who has to use a wheelchair to get around, said Johnson was never in his bar.
“(Johnson) never came in here,” he said. “He just sends people around.”
Dority has no trouble navigating the ramps out front of the bar. He acknowledges the incline is too steep and those repairs will be made. Johnson also reportedly had a problem with the restrooms that are about four-inches to narrow.
“These are just code violations,” Dority said. “When he claims a violation of his civil rights, that is the legal issue.”
Dority’s landlord settled out of court with Johnson paying him an undisclosed amount of money.
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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:44 PM
The owner of that bar in her wheel chair has proven it has been ADA accessible - I think it's time for a law suite against Scott Johnson for false inaccurate accusations. Perhaps he's been pulling his scam this way all along? Maybe he owes thousands back to dozens of bars and restaurants he's closed or bankrupted or cost thousands.
Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:26 PM
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