Who are disability rights activists? An “activist” is a person who is a strong advocate of a particular cause. The attorneys at The Law Office of Hakimi & Shahriari are California lawyers that represent disabled persons who fight for the civil rights of the disabled community. Our clients are therefore disability rights activists and by extension, as their lawyers, because we believe in the mission, we are disability rights activists as well. California attorneys Anoush Hakimi and Peter Shahriari of The Law office of Hakimi & Shahriari work closely with disabled persons to protect their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law thereby making it possible for attorneys to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities. The purpose of the ADA is to, among other things, guarantee equal opportunity for disabled persons in the areas of employment, public accommodations, transportation, government services and telecommunications.
According to Title III of the ADA it is unlawful for anyone to discriminate against a disabled person by depriving them of equal access to and enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation. A place of public accommodation is generally defined as any facilities that are used by the public, including, retail stores (like clothing stores and supermarkets), services establishments (like restaurants, hotels and doctor offices), educational facilities and recreational facilities.
Discrimination is deemed to occur when an owner or proprietor of a place of public accommodation fails to remove architectural barriers that deprive disabled persons of access to the same benefits of a business enjoyed by people that are not disabled. For example, if a restaurant has only one door and that door is narrower than 32 inches and therefore impossible for a person in a wheelchair to pass through, the narrowness of that door will be deemed to be an architectural barrier. People in wheelchairs will not be able to enjoy the benefits of the restaurant, the place of public accommodation, whereas, people that are not in wheelchairs will be able to enjoy such benefits.
It is important to note however that not all architectural barriers must be removed under the ADA. In fact, the standard to determine if an architectural barrier must be removed is whether or not its removal is “readily achievable.” “Readily achievable” has been defined as “easily accomplished without much difficulty or expense.” Ultimately, whether the removal of an architectural barrier is “readily achievable” is an issue that will be determined at trial. In the current example, the widening of the entryway to conform to ADA guidelines would likely be found to be “readily achievable” and the proprietor of the restaurant would likely be found to be in violation of the ADA.
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Legal actions by disability rights activists against business that are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it possible for the business to correct its non-compliance and therefore provide equal access to all people, and not discriminate against persons with disabilities. Unfortunately, most businesses do not take the initiative to correct non-compliance before any legal action is filed leaving disabled persons without access to many public accommodations that are readily available to everyone else. Lawyers like lawyer Anoush Hakimi and lawyer Peter Shahriari that zealously advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities for their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are therefore by definition Disabilities Rights Activists.
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WAS DENIED ACCESS TO A PLACE OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION BECAUSE OF YOUR DIABILITY, PLEASE CALL CALIFORNIA ADA DISABILITY ACCESS ATTORNEYS ANOUSH HAKIMI AND PETER SHAHRIARI OF THE LAW OFFICE OF HAKIMI & SHAHRIARI AT (888) 635 - 2250 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION.
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