Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached settlement agreements with the owners and operators of two separate Connecticut medical practices to resolve allegations that the facilities did not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”).
The settlement agreements resolve ADA complaints filed by individuals with disabilities alleging that Family & Internal Medicine of Dixwell Avenue located at 2543 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden, and a medical practice located at 666 George Street in New Haven, were not fully accessible for individuals with physical disabilities.
The owners and operators of 2543 Dixwell Avenue and the owner of operator of 666 George Street are in the process of making changes required by the settlement agreements, which include improving the accessibility of the locations’ entrances and access routes, adding accessible features to examination rooms and restrooms, and reducing barriers for patients to access check-in and check-out areas.
Under federal law, professional offices of health care providers and their landlords are considered “public accommodations” and are prohibited from discriminating based on 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.
Acting U.S. Attorney Boyle noted that the owners of 2543 Dixwell Avenue and the owner of 666 George Street have worked cooperatively and collaboratively with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to expeditiously address the ADA issues without litigation and to make comprehensive changes to each facility to improve accessibility.
These matters were handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ndidi N. Moses of the District of Connecticut.
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 or does not permit service animals 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.