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Burlington, Vermont Restaurant Leunig's Bistro Takes Steps to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2012

Burlington, VT – Following an Americans with Disabilities Act compliance review of Leunig's Bistro ("Leunig's") on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, Vermont, the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and Leunig's have reached an agreement describing the steps Leunig's 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 Leunig's revealed ADA compliance issues related to the restaurant's entrance, dining areas, and toilet rooms. Leunig's has remedied most of the ADA compliance issues identified by the onsite survey and will remedy the remaining issues by October 1, 2012, at the latest.

As a participant in an ongoing compliance review of businesses in the Burlington area, Leunig's owners recognized their obligation to address the issues identified in the onsite survey. Bob Conlon and Robert Fuller, owners of Leunig's, 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 www.ada.gov.

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