ADA Lawsuits Prompt Changes In Wisconsin
July 26, 2005
APPLETON, WISCONSIN--Since December of last year, Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin state coordinator Gina Hackel has filed more than two dozen accessibility-related lawsuits against local businesses.
All but one have been settled, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Sunday.
Many business owners complained that they were given no notice before Hackel's suits were filed. Many said that Hackel should have come to them with her complaints before filing a suit.
Local folks who use wheelchairs have a different perspective, however.
"You can talk to these people until you're blue in the face, but they're not going to spend any money unless they have to," explained Miguel DeJesus, who is paraplegic and uses a wheelchair.
Gene Zweben, the attorney who filed the suits on Hackel's behalf, said: "It's our belief that notice doesn't work, but we do whatever our clients tell us to do."
"Disability suits force businesses to obey law, advocates say" (Green Bay Press Gazette)
"Ms. Wheelchair Coverage And Debate Miss The Point" April 13, 2005 (Inclusion Daily Express Archives)