Taco Bell will likely have to make improvements to its 220 restaurants in California after a federal judge ruled the company violated federal and California laws protecting the disabled from discrimination, the Associated Press reported on October 7, 2011. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland is now deciding what improvements the company must make and how much the fast-food chain must pay the thousands of customers represented in the lawsuit who use wheelchairs and scooters.
The class-action lawsuit filed by disabled customers in December 2002 alleged Taco Bell’s California stores failed to provide proper handicap parking, wheelchair accessible tables and restrooms and other accommodations for the disabled that are required by state and federal laws, according to the AP.
Taco Bell argued that it had fixed many of the alleged violations over the last nine years, including complying with a 2007 order from the judge to fix problems with its lines, doors and tables, but Hamilton said the company was still out of compliance in several areas.
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