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Burlington, Vermont Restaurant the Scuffer Steak & Ale House Takes Steps to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

June 1, 2012

Burlington, VT – Following an Americans with Disabilities Act compliance review of The Scuffer Steak & Ale House ("The Scuffer") on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, Vermont, the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and The Scuffer have reached an agreement describing the steps The Scuffer has completed and will complete 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 The Scuffer revealed ADA compliance issues related to the restaurant's exterior route, entrance, dining areas, and toilet rooms. The Scuffer has remedied the ADA compliance issues identified by the onsite survey except those related to the exterior route. Those issues will be remedied within two months of the completion of the City of Burlington's work to raise the level of the sidewalk outside The Scuffer.

As a participant in an ongoing compliance review of businesses in the Burlington area, The Scuffer's owners recognized their obligation to meet the accessibility requirements of the ADA and took steps to address the issues identified in the onsite survey. Sam Handy and Pat Stewart, owners of The Scuffer business, and Mike Williams, owner of The Scuffer building, are to be commended for their cooperation with the Office of the United States Attorney in the compliance review.

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

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