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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Woodstock, Vermont’s One The Green Takes Steps To Comply With The Americans With Disabilities Act

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont announces that One the Green, Woodstock, Vermont has 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 One the Green, Woodstock, Vermont.

An onsite survey of One the Green performed by United States Department of Justice architects revealed ADA compliance issues related to the shop’s entrance and interior. One the Green has remedied ADA compliance issues by constructing a ramp at the shop’s entrance and by improving transitions between doorways inside the building.

One the Green’s owners recognized the obligation to address the issues identified in the onsite survey. One the Green’s owners and their representatives are to be commended for their cooperation with the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont.

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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