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Sacramento County Terminal B Subject of Class Action Lawsuit

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Shawna Parks is an attorney for the organization "Disability Rights Advocates."  She says Terminal B fails to provide counters that are accessible to wheelchair-bound travelers, "It's an issue under federal and state law that there need to be lowered sections of the counters…both at the retail shops, and also at the ticketing area,  baggage claim offices and other types of counters.

The suit asks the County to satisfy federal Americans with Disability Act requirements, "There ares some counters where they do get it right. So, for example, if you go to the information counters in Terminal B, there are lowered sections of the counter. So it's clear that at some point somebody understood what the requirements were.

Parks says the restroom doors are too hard to push open and there are no curb ramps at accessible loading zones, "We know that this is an industry-wide issue which is why..one of the reasons we decided to tackle it with this new terminal."

One plaintiff is suing for damages.  Parks says the number of disabled plaintiffs could reach the thousands. 

The County Airport System says the design of Terminal B complies with all state and federal laws.  
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