Disabled shoppers in Colorado are suing a popular retailer, claiming discrimination based on store layouts that are difficult for wheelchair-bound people to navigate.
Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and its subsidiary J.M. Hollister were sued in 2009 by disabled customers who claim that front doors at Hollister’s trendy apparel stores were not wheelchair-accessible and that counters inside the store were too high for wheelchair-bound people to use. Attorneys for the plaintiffs liken the case to incidents of racial discrimination and segregation against African-American’s in the 1960’s, the Associated Press notes.
A judge is now weighing a possible injunction against the retailer. In an earlier ruling, the judge determined that the plaintiffs could not receive monetary damages, but could demand that the stores implement changes. A&F and Hollister say that replacing its entry doors could cost between $8 million and $11 million and close the stores for up to 10 days.
The retailers say that they provide wheelchair access through the side doors in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and that the stores conformed to all regulations at the time they were constructed.
Shares of A&F fell almost 1% in Thursday morning trading.