DOJ: Concert-Goers Can Bring Diabetic Supplies And Food To SFX
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 12, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC--SFX Entertainment, Inc. will allow concert-goers with diabetes to bring their medical supplies and food with them to concerts, under an agreement announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The agreement settles a lawsuit brought by the Justice Department in April of last year which alleged that SFX violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act by establishing and enforcing a policy keeping patrons from bringing their insulin, needles, and other diabetic supplies and food with them to concert events. The lawsuit cited complaints from a woman whose diabetes kit was confiscated at a Philadelphia nightclub in 2000 and a man who was barred from taking his kit into a pavilion outside Pittsburgh in 1999. The complaint further claimed that other individuals with diabetes were forced by SFXs policy to choose between staying away from concerts or taking unreasonable health risks.
"Todays settlement ensures that people with diabetes can attend and enjoy performances like anyone else," said Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in a DOJ statement.
SFX Entertainment, Inc. owns or operates more than 100 concert venues across the country. The company is a division of Clear Channel Communications, the nation's largest radio chain with 1,200 stations.
Under the terms of the settlement, SFX will start a new policy allowing guests with diabetes to bring their medical supplies and the food they need for diabetic purposes. SFX will also provide training to employees who implement the new policy, and will pay damages of $20,000.
The new policy will also permit persons with severe allergies to bring in and keep an EpiPen, a disposable allergy drug delivery system.
Title III of the ADA prohibits public accommodations, such as concert venues, from discriminating against any individual on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services or facilities.