Garcia v. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, et al.,
Case No. CV 09-8943-DMG (SHx)
Disability Litigation Program is the original program of the organization. DRLC provides free legal assistance to people with disabilities experiencing discrimination in violation of their civil rights. The Disability Litigation Program also takes on representation in impact cases, often through class action suits, that will establish legal principles or will benefit large groups of people with disabilities, as well as litigating cases of high visibility that raise public awareness of both the disability rights at issue and DRLC’s commitment to the enforcement of those rights. DRLC’s work emphasizes rights that extend beyond the manifest issues to confront basic human rights challenges. In particular, DRLC has represented the most marginalized people in the most fragile settings. Our work representing people with disabilities in custodial settings, and those at crisis moments, exposes the daily challenges and indignities of people living in a system that actively hinders them from realizing their human rights. DRLC places a particular emphasis on cases in California’s Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, an area known as the Inland Empire. These cases are overseen by a Director and are collectively managed as the Inland Empire Program.
Intake for the Disability Litigation Program is conducted through the Community Advocacy Program which also provides limited representation on smaller legal matters and conducts trainings in the community.
Through its Cases the Disability Litigation Program Has:
Plaintiff’s Antoinette Abbamonte and GLAD filed this injunctive relief civil rights class action lawsuit against defendant, Krikorian because defendant failed to give person who are deaf and/or hard of hearing equal access to the movie-going experience. Krikorian’s refusal to provide closed captioning for all movies and special presentations that it offers to the public had resulted in class members not being provided effective communication. As part of the settlement agreement, Krikorian will now be installing closed captioning equipment at all locations and for all movies. Close captioning will allow for full and equal enjoyment of its services through textual representations of the films. As such, individuals who are deaf will now be able to go to Krikorian Theaters to watch any movie they’d like to and at any time; including our client, Antoinette Abbamonte, who had been prevented from enjoying the movie-going experience with her young children because of the non-existent to limited closed-captioned offerings.
DRLC reached a landmark settlement in this class-action, ensuring that defendant theater owner/operator Krikorian will give persons who are deaf and/or hard of hearing equal access to the movie-going experience, by providing closed captioning for all movies and special presentations at all locations, for all movies.