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New Shopping Center Stores Must Allow All Customers to Enter Through Front Doors, Fed’l Judge Rules

Posted Aug 31, 2011 8:32 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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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.

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