The Aqua Turf Club will undergo renovations to correct issues that the U.S. District Court says is making it “extremely difficult” for those with mobile disabilities to use the restrooms.
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced Wednesday afternoon that the courts have reached a settlement agreement with the to have renovations completed by August 2012.
“Ensuring that people with mobility impairments have equal access to places of public accommodation is an important component of the ADA’s promises and protections,” said United States Attorney David Fein. “We hope that this agreement will serve as a reminder to other businesses serving the public about their responsibilities under Title III of the ADA.
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“Even facilities that were built prior to the ADA’s enactment in 1992 must remove physical barriers to access so that they can be enjoyed equally by people with mobility impairments,” he said.
The Aqua Turf is a banquet facility that can accommodate up to 2000 people at events ranging from business conferences to wedding receptions and is covered by Title III of the ADA. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, including mobility impairments, by places of public accommodation.
Pursuant to the agreement, Aqua Turf agreed to make renovations, primarily to its restrooms, in each of its banquet halls (Kay’s Pier North, Kay’s Pier South, the Wagon Room and the Glass Room) to comply with the ADA’s requirement for places of public accommodation built prior to January 26, 1993, that such facilities remove architectural barriers to access where such removal is readily achievable.
Aqua Turf’s owners and management worked cooperatively with the United States Attorney’s Office to address the matter, court officials said. While denying ADA liability, Aqua Turf has already completed the required renovations to its restrooms in Kay’s Pier North and Kay’s Pier South.
Additional information about the ADA and its application to places of public accommodation can be found at www.ada.gov.
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