The Florida Record Apr. 4, 2016, 6:56pm


PALM BEACH – A Palm Beach County man is suing Homegoods alleging that the business has barriers that hinder access to the disabled.

Howard Cohan filed a complaint on March 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Palm Beach Division against Homegoods Inc., alleging that the property owner violated the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 14, he experienced serious difficulty accessing the defendant's facility due to the architectural barriers and was denied equal enjoyment of the goods and services offered at the property. The plaintiff holds Homegoods responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide the proper insulation or protection for the plumbing under a sink or countertop, failed to provide the proper spacing between a grab bar and an object projecting out of the wall, failed to provide toilet paper dispensers in the proper position and failed to provide toilet cover dispenser at the correct height above the finished floor.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order requiring defendant to make its premises accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, reasonable attorneys' fees and costs and any further relief as the court may deem necessary, just and proper. He is represented by Jason S. Weiss of Weiss Law Group PA in Coral Springs.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Palm Beach Division Case number 9:16-cv-80439

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