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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Chicago Cubs sued over alleged ADA violations at Wrigley Field

Federal prosecutors in Chicago filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Cubs, alleging the team failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act when it executed a series of renovations at Wrigley Field.

Attorneys for the government on Thursday said that while the ballpark renovations “significantly enhanced the gameday experience for many fans, particularly those able to take advantage of premium clubs and other luxury accommodations, the same can not be said for fans with disabilities.”

The suit states that the Cubs “removed the best wheelchair seating in the stadium, failed to incorporate wheelchair seating into new premium clubs and group seating areas … and failed to remove architectural barriers to access in unaltered portions of Wrigley Field where it was readily achievable to do so.”

Federal prosecutors noted that the alleged violations all occurred even though they “had ample opportunity and a significant ADA obligation to incorporate wheelchair seating and other accessible elements into and throughout the new and improved facility.”

The lawsuit seeks an injunction that would force the Cubs to bring the ballpark into ADA compliance as well as “compensatory damages in an appropriate amount for injuries suffered as a result of defendants noncompliance with the ADA.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2022 at 02:03 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ReggieThomasLives Posted: July 16, 2022 at 04:53 PM (#6086950)
So federal prosecutors get to decide where accessible seating goes?
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 16, 2022 at 05:55 PM (#6086967)
‘Federal prosecutors’ is a bit of a misnomer. This is a civil action, not a criminal prosecution. The complaint may have had been signed by the local U.S. Attorney, but it was likely cleared by the ADA unit in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
   3. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: July 16, 2022 at 06:10 PM (#6086970)
The ADA unit in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice gets to decide where accessible seating goes?
   4. ReggieThomasLives Posted: July 16, 2022 at 06:42 PM (#6086973)
I’d like to hear the Cubs explanation. Maybe they were just greedy bastards but it also just sounds like a technical dispute over precise ADA requirements. And if was the case of a manager ignoring legal advice to run amock I want to read about it even more.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 16, 2022 at 07:44 PM (#6086977)
The ADA unit in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice gets to decide where accessible seating goes?
Well, they get to decide when to sue about it. My expertise - now somewhat dated in retirement - was more employment than accessibility, but it’s clear that a team couldn’t get way with only making its worst seats accessible. Beyond that, it’s a bit of a grey area - a team doesn’t have to make every seat accessible, either.
   6. smileyy Posted: July 17, 2022 at 12:37 AM (#6087025)
I imagine there's some required level of parity.

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