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Noncompliance Is Why Businesses Are Sued

Regarding: “Suit Targets Access for the Disabled at Taco Bell,” Aug. 15:

It is good to finally see a story that takes a balanced view of access lawsuits. For more than a year across this state the focus has taken the side of the “poor business” that is being sued instead of looking at the reasons the business has been sued: failure to comply with state and federal access laws.

The Americans With Disabilities Act recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, yet many businesses still plead ignorance to their knowledge of the law as an excuse for their noncompliance.

Instead of fighting for legislation that rewards noncompliance, businesses should work on real solutions such as access inspections to educate businesses on their compliance issues.

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Perhaps this way we can limit lawsuits the right way, with more compliant businesses.

Vince Wetzel

Deputy director

California Foundation for

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Independent Living Centers

Sacramento


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