U.S. Attorney's Office Reaches ADA Settlement with East Lyme Restaurant
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement agreement with Il Pomod’Oro Restaurant in East Lyme to resolve allegations that the facility did not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”).
The settlement agreement resolves ADA complaints filed by individuals with disabilities alleging that Il Pomod’Oro was not accessible for individuals with physical disabilities. The restaurant is in the process of making the changes required by the settlement agreement, including providing accessible parking spaces, ensuring that the restaurant has an accessible entrance with compliant handrails and thresholds, providing accessible dining tables throughout the restaurant, ensuring equivalent service for individuals in the restaurant’s bar area, ensuring access to the restaurant’s patio area, and designing and constructing an accessible restroom. Il Pomod’Oro will continue to make improvements over the next 18 months.
Under federal law, private entities that own or operate places of “public accommodation,” including restaurants and bars, are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of disability. The ADA authorizes the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate complaints and undertake periodic reviews of compliance of covered entities. The Justice Department is also authorized to commence a civil lawsuit in federal court in any case that involves a pattern or practice of discrimination or that raises issues of general public importance, and to seek injunctive relief, monetary damages, and civil penalties.
“The Americans with Disabilities Act is an important part of the federal law enforcement responsibilities of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and we are committed to enforcing the ADA to ensure that individuals with disabilities are able to access and enjoy our state’s restaurants,” said U.S. Attorney Durham. “We are pleased that Il Pomod’Oro has agreed to make changes to its facility in order to comply with the requirements of the ADA.”
Any member of the public who wishes to file a complaint alleging that any place of public accommodation or public entity in Connecticut is not accessible to persons with disabilities may contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 203-821-3700.
Additional information about the ADA can be found at www.ada.gov, or by calling the Justice Department’s toll-free information line at (800) 514-0301 and (800) 514-0383 (TTY). More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at www.justice.gov/crt.
This matter was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica H. Soufer of the District of Connecticut in coordination with the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.