July 15, 2014

Question:  Can an Alabama business avoid complying with the ADA's mandate to make readily achievable modifications to existing inaccessible toilet rooms, as necessary to make them wheelchair accessible, by designating the toilet rooms as for "Employees Only?"

Answer:  No. 

Alabama has adopted the International Plumbing Code (IPC). http://www.bc.state.al.us/buildingcode.htm

The IPC requires public toilet rooms in all structures and tenant spaces intended for public utilization--the only e...

December 21, 2013


Woman’s lawsuits target businesses where wheelchair use hindered


By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer Denton Record-Chronicle


Published: 21 December 2013 11:48 PM


Jaime Blanton says she just wants access.


To public restrooms and romantic dining areas on upper floors; through aisles cluttered with so much merchandise that she can’t maneuver her wheelchair.


So Blanton has turned to a place where her access has been unhindered: federal c...

March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013
Source: AL.com

The Madison County [Alabama] Commission on Monday morning settled out of court with James Mason by agreeing to $65,000 in facility upgrades that will make the courthouse more accessible for [people with disabilities].


Mason, a retired police officer, filed 17 lawsuits in Huntsville for violations to Federal law under the Americans for Disabilities Act. In addition to private businesses, he accused the county and City of Huntsville of failure to meet ADA standards set...

December 30, 2009



By News Sentinel staff, Knoxnews.com


A Tennessee man and a South Florida advocacy group for people with disabilities are suing the University of Tennessee in federal court over what they say is a lack of equal access for disabled people to events held at Thompson-Boling Arena and Neyland Stadium.


Michael McGrath, identified as having muscular dystrophy with limited use of his upper and lower extremities, requires a wheelchair for...

November 13, 2009



From The Southeast Texas Record:


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - An Arkansas woman confined to a wheelchair is suing a nonprofit organization over a lack of handicapped access at a rodeo.

Jonna Bloodworth, who suffers from cerebral palsy, filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Springdale Benevolent Amusement Association on Nov. 3 in the Fayetteville Division of the Western District of Arkansas.

The defendant is a nonprofit organization that owns or leases the Rodeo of the Ozarks located in...

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