Cracker Barrel Old Country Store ADA Class Action

This class action lawsuit alleges that Cracker Barrel Old County Store violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination by failing to remove architectural and other accessibility barriers which prevent individuals with disabilities such as the plaintiff from enjoying full and equal enjoyment of several of its restaurant locations across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The plaintiff in this action is a New Jersey resident who is a wheelchair bound paraplegic and permanently unable to use his legs. He has visited several of defendant Cracker Barrel's restaurants in the state of New Jersey and has allegedly encountered significant discrimination in terms of accessibility at those facilities. The defendant Cracker Barrel is a Tennessee corporation in the business of operating a chain of combined restaurant and gift stores with a Southern country theme. Cracker Barrel operates 637 locations in 42 states. 

According to the complaint, several of the defendant's restaurant locations are characterized by substantial accessibility barriers in violation of state and federal law. Among the specific issues outlined in the lawsuit are:

  • lack of required number of van accessible parking spaces
  • lack of signage indicating accessible parking spaces
  • lack of accessible aisles adjacent to van accessible parking spaces
  • wheelchair inaccessible sales counters
  • noncompliant bathroom stall doors, toilet paper dispensers, paper towel holders and restroom signage

The complaint further alleges that the list of violations included in the lawsuit are not an exclusive or exhaustive list of the company's ADA violations and that it is believed that many Cracker Barrel locations are marked by a series of other miscellaneous violations which require correction pursuant to law. The plaintiff argues that Cracker Barrel's continued failure to remedy existing barriers and fully comply with state and federal law has deprived him and other similarly situated members of the proposed class the ability to enjoy access to the goods, services, facilities and activities of the defendant's locations.

As a result, the complaint seeks a declaration that Cracker Barrel is in violation of Title III of the ADA and also the New Jersey Disabled Persons Act, an injunction ordering defendant to comply with the provisions of both statutes, an award of minimum statutory damages to plaintiff and class members for violations of their civil rights under state law and an award of reasonable attorney fess and costs of bringing suit.

The ADA was enacted as a means to provide comprehensive civil rights safeguards to individuals with a range of disabilities, including those with mental and physical impairments substantially limiting one or more life activities. The Act, along with similar state statutes such as New Jersey's, is intended to protect covered individuals from discrimination on the basis of their disability which would otherwise prevent them from enjoying the benefits offered by places of public accommodation.

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Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Civil Rights

Most Recent Case Event

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store ADA Complaint

December 24, 2015

The complaint for this class action alleges that Cracker Barrel Old County Store violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination by failing to remove architectural and other accessibility barriers which prevent individuals with disabilities such as the plaintiff from enjoying full and equal enjoyment of several of its restaurant locations across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

cracker_barrel_ada_complaint.pdf

Case Event History

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store ADA Complaint

December 24, 2015

The complaint for this class action alleges that Cracker Barrel Old County Store violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination by failing to remove architectural and other accessibility barriers which prevent individuals with disabilities such as the plaintiff from enjoying full and equal enjoyment of several of its restaurant locations across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

cracker_barrel_ada_complaint.pdf
Tags: Accessibility, Disability Discrimination