Pizza Huts To Be More Disability-Friendly Under Settlement
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 29, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC--Nearly 1,000 Pizza Hut restaurants will be more accessible to patrons with disabilities under a settlement agreement announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to a DOJ press release, NPC International Inc., which owns 800 Pizza Huts in 26 states, agreed over the next four years to bring each of its restaurants into compliance with Title III of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. Provisions under Title III prohibit disability-related discrimination in public accommodations and commercial facilities.
Under the agreement, NPC will meet minimum accessibility guidelines listed within the agreement, addressing accessibility barriers in parking lots, entrances, seating areas, restrooms, self-service counters, and other spaces. The company will survey and bring into full compliance all of its facilities that are subject to the ADA's stricter standards regarding new construction and alterations, and will train its store managers on the federal law.
The company also agreed to work with the landlords at the 180 Pizza Huts that NPC does not own, which only provide delivery and carry-out, to ensure accessibility.
"Too often, the ease and enjoyment of restaurant dining is not a reality for individuals with disabilities," said Wan J. Kim, assistant attorney general for the department's Civil Rights Division, in the press statement.
The allegations against NPC were prompted by numerous complaints of architectural barriers in restaurants across the Midwest.
Kim applauded NPC for cooperating with the federal agency to reach the agreement, under which the company did not admit any wrongdoing.