HAMDEN, CT – According to official sources, the owners and operators of medical practices in Hamden and New Haven have reached settlement agreements with the US attorney general over ADA complaints.
The settlement agreements resolve allegations that the facilities do not comply with the law on Americans with disabilities, acting US attorney for Connecticut, Leonard C Boyle, announced on Tuesday. The complaints were filed by people with disabilities who found that family and internal medicine on Dixwell Avenue at 2543 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden and a doctor’s office at 666 George Street in New Haven were not fully accessible to people with physical disabilities Boyle.
The owners and operators of 2543 Dixwell Avenue and the owner of the operator of 666 George Street are “in the process of making changes as required in the settlement agreements, including improving the accessibility of the entrances and access routes to the sites and adding accessible features to the examination rooms.” and toilets and removing barriers for patients to access check-in and check-out areas, “a press release said.
“According to federal law, professional offices of health service providers and their landlords are regarded as ‘public accommodation’ and must not be discriminated against on the basis of a disability,” the press release said. “The ADA empowers the US Department of Justice to investigate complaints and conduct regular regulatory compliance reviews. The Department of Justice also has the authority to bring a civil action in federal court in any case that shows a pattern or practice of discrimination includes or raises issues of general public concern and injunctive relief, monetary damage and civil sanctions. “
Boyle noted that the owners of both facilities “worked cooperatively and collaboratively with the US Attorney General to address ADA issues quickly and without litigation and to make extensive changes to each facility to improve accessibility.”
Any member of the public wishing to file a complaint alleging that a Connecticut public accommodation or facility is inaccessible to the disabled or does not allow service animals can call 203-821-3700 Contact the US Attorney’s Office.
For more information about ADA, visit www.ada.gov or call the Department of Justice’s toll-free information number at (800) 514-0301 and (800) 514-0383 (TTY). For more information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces, visit www.justice.gov/crt.