DAVENPORT, Iowa (Legal
Newsline) - The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that 30 Hop restaurant and
bar in Coralville, Iowa, will enter a proposed consent decree to resolve
allegations of violating the new construction requirements of Title III of the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
The ADA mandates that newly
constructed facilities comply with certain standards for accessibility, called
the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
According to the DOJ, 30 Hop
failed to adhere to these rules when building its multistory restaurant and
bar with rooftop patio in 2014. The department contends 30 Hop failed to provide an access
route to the rooftop patio or the lower level, created an inaccessible entrance,
and had no accessible dining tables and an inaccessible bathroom.
The decree says 30 Hop will work to make its
facility comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design by, among other
things, adding an elevator between the ground floor and rooftop patio. The
restaurant also will pay a $17,500 civil penalty.
“All newly constructed
restaurants and bars must be readily accessible to and usable by individuals
with disabilities,” said principal deputy assistant attorney general Vanita
Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “We commend the owners of 30 Hop for
cooperating with the Justice Department and for taking swift action to remedy
the alleged ADA violations.”