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WOODSTOCK, VERMONT RESTAURANT MON VERT CAFÉ TAKES STEPS TO COMPLY WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2013

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont announces that the owners of Mon Vert Café and the building in which it is located at 67 Central Street Woodstock, Vermont have agreed to complete specific modifications 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.  The United States Attorney’s Office’s investigation began following a complaint made to the Vermont Human Rights Commission regarding the accessibility of Mon Vert Café.

An onsite survey of Mon Vert Café performed by United States Department of Justice architects revealed ADA compliance issues related to the restaurant’s entrance and toilet room. Mon Vert Café will remedy the agreed upon ADA compliance issues by November 30, 2013.

Mon Vert Café’s owners and the owner of the building in which Mon Vert Café is located recognized their obligation to address the issues identified in the onsite survey. Laura Miller and Cameron Reed, owners of Mon Vert Café, and John Reed, owner of 67 Central Street, are to be commended for their cooperation with the Office of the United States Attorney.

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont worked in partnership with Tracey Tsugawa of the Vermont Human Rights Commission in addressing and resolving these important civil rights issues. Assistant United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest, with assistance from 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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