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Burlington, Vermont Restaurant Three Tomatoes Trattoria Undertakes Measures to Comply with the American with Disabilities Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2012

Burlington, VT – Following an Americans with Disabilities Act compliance review of Three Tomatoes Trattoria on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, Vermont, the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and Three Tomatoes Trattoria have reached an agreement that describes the steps Three Tomatoes Trattoria will take to come into compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). Title III of the ADA prohibits a public accommodation from denying an individual or a class of individuals, on the basis of a disability, the opportunity to participate in or benefit from the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations of an entity. Title III requires a public accommodation to remove architectural barriers to access in existing facilities where it is readily achievable to do so.

An onsite survey of Three Tomatoes Trattoria revealed ADA compliance issues related to the restaurant's entrance, dining areas, and toilet rooms. Three Tomatoes Trattoria has agreed to remedy the ADA compliance issues by June 30, 2012.

Commenting on the agreement with Three Tomatoes Trattoria, U.S. Attorney Tristram J. Coffin said, "The enforcement of our nation's civil rights laws, which includes the rights of the disabled, is a priority of the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont. ADA enforcement by the U.S. Attorney's Office includes both the investigation of individual complaints and the initiation of compliance reviews to ensure that covered entities comply with the ADA. At this time, the U.S. Attorney's Office, along with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, is conducting an ADA compliance review of numerous businesses in the Burlington area. As a participant in this compliance review, Three Tomatoes and its owners quickly recognized their obligation to meet the accessibility requirements of the ADA. Three Tomatoes cooperated completely and fully with the Office of the United States Attorney and has set an excellent example for other places of public accommodation in Vermont." 

Assistant United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest, in partnership with the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, handled this matter on behalf of the United States and is working with other Vermont businesses to resolve their ADA compliance issues. Further information on the ADA and its requirements may be found at www.ada.gov.

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