Discrimination Suit Filed Against San Diego Zoo
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 17, 2005
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA--Two power wheelchair users have joined in a class action suit against the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, claiming its entrance procedures regarding mobility devices violates their rights under the federal 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and state civil rights laws.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Rick Kneeshaw and Gladys Swensrud, both of which cannot walk after having had polio, felt singled out and embarrassed when park staff pulled them out of line at the front gate. Then they ware told to fill out and sign waiver agreements before being allowed inside.
The plaintiffs said the practice is a form of discrimination because other visitors are not required to sign such forms.
"We want the zoo to stop this policy," said Shawna L. Parks, an attorney for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights.
The suit, filed Wednesday, asks a judge to order the Zoological Society to change the policy and declare the waivers unenforceable.
"Lawsuit says San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park discriminate against disabled" (San Diego Union-Tribune)