Wendy's Hit With ADA Class Action Over Wheelchair Access

Law360, New York (July 9, 2014, 6:51 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania man hit a Wendy's International Inc. subsidiary with a proposed Americans with Disabilities Act class action in Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday, alleging architectural barriers at Pittsburgh-area Wendy’s restaurants illegally limit access for wheelchair users.

Christopher Mielo, a mobility-disabled man who relies on a wheelchair, claimed 17 Wendy’s restaurants in and around Pittsburgh that are owned and managed by Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers of New York Inc. have accessibility barriers, including excessive slopes in parking spaces and access aisles, blocking independent use of the facilities by wheelchair users, in violation of the ADA.

“The architectural barriers described above demonstrate that...

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