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Montpelier Businesses Undertake Measures to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont has resolved complaints alleging that two businesses were not in 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. Accessible parking is a top barrier removal priority. In one case, the complainant alleged that Sanel Auto Parts in Montpelier, Vermont had no designated accessible parking spaces. On August 13, 2012, the U.S. Attorney's Office closed its investigation and issued a Letter of Resolution after confirming that Sanel Auto Parts had undertaken measures to remedy the alleged deficiencies.

In the other case, the complainant alleged that Fecteau Homes in Montpelier, Vermont had inadequate or non-existent accessible parking spaces in the parking lot at Fecteau Homes, no accessible aisle to the business entrance of Fecteau Homes, inadequate signage, and an inaccessible entrance. On August 13, 2012, the U.S. Attorney's Office closed its investigation and issued a Letter of Resolution after confirming that Fecteau Homes had undertaken measures to come into compliance with the ADA. 

Assistant United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest, in cooperation with the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, handled these matters on behalf of the United States. Further information on the ADA and its requirements may be found at www.ada.gov.

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