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Wesco Inc., Owner of Champlain Farms and Fastop Convenience Stores, Takes Steps to Comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont has resolved a complaint alleging that the owner/operator of Champlain Farms at 219 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont was not in compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) because of a failure to allow a customer’s service animal into the store. Following receipt of this complaint, the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, in partnership with the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, opened an investigation to determine whether violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as Amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12181-12189, and the Department's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 36, had occurred.

Following the investigation, the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and Wesco Inc., owner of Champlain Farms and Fastop convenience stores, have reached an agreement describing the steps Wesco Inc. will complete to come into compliance with Title III of the ADA at its convenience stores in Vermont. Among other things, Wesco Inc. will adopt, maintain, and enforce a new Service Animal Policy and train all employees who interact with customers regarding their obligations under the Service Animal Policy.  Wesco Inc. is to be commended for its cooperation with the Office of the United States Attorney.

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.  Among other things, Title III of the ADA requires a place of public accommodation to modify its policies to permit individuals using service animals to bring their service animals into the place of public accommodation.

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.  Further information on the ADA and its requirements may be found at www.ada.gov.

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