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Response to zaj (Reply #98)

Fri Aug 16, 2019, 05:31 PM

99. It absolutely is the solution (not only "a," but "the" solution)

The law is the law, the owner of the establishment is obligated to comply. Period.

Any creative solution must comply with the law, but the details will depend on the circumstances: the customers involved, the restaurant's physical configuration, the acoustics, etc.

If there is a private dining space, they could offer complaining customers the private dining space. If acoustics are good, they could offer complaining customers a space on the opposite side of the restaurant, or around a corner.

What they cannot do is exclude the person with a disability from the restaurant or provide them with less access because of the disability.

If they don't feel like being creative, they can turn themselves into something other than a public accommodations so their paying members don't have to be bothered by someone they perceive as "rif-raf." A private (paid) membership club that is not open to the public is not a public accommodation, and is not covered by the ADA. They can discriminate to their heart's content.

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