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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2013

Burlington, VT – Following an Americans with Disabilities Act compliance review of Halvorson's at 16 Church Street on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, Vermont, the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and Halvorson's have reached an agreement describing the steps Halvorson's 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 Halvorson's revealed ADA compliance issues related to the restaurant's entrance, dining areas, and toilet rooms. Halvorson's will remedy the agreed upon ADA compliance issues by May 1, 2013.

As a participant in an ongoing compliance review of businesses in the Burlington area, Halvorson's recognized its obligation to address the issues identified in the onsite survey. Tim Halvorson, owner of Halvorson's, and Rolfe Eastman, owner of 16 Church Street, are to be commended for their cooperation with the Office of the United States Attorney.

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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