- New Shopping Center Stores Must Allow All Customers to Enter Through Front Doors, Fed’l Judge Rules
New Shopping Center Stores Must Allow All Customers to Enter Through Front Doors, Fed’l Judge Rules
Posted Aug 31, 2011 7:32 PM CST
By Martha Neil
Rejecting a shopping mall store's arguments that a porch-like front doorway with two steps was in compliance with disability laws because handicapped-accessible doors were right at hand, too, a federal judge in Colorado today held that Hollister Co. had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Chief U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel said the company, which is a brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., unnecessarily excluded individuals with handicaps from the full enjoyment of the aesthetic of shopping at their facilities, according to the Denver Post.
The U.S. Department of Justice took a similar view in a statement of interest filed in the case.
The article doesn't include any comment from the store.