PHILADELPHIA — A mobility-impaired person has filed a class action lawsuit against Urban Philadelphia Liberty Building LLC, a public accommodation operator, citing alleged failure to adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.
Helen Swartz, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Sept. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Philadelphia against Urban Philadelphia Liberty Building LLC alleging that the public accommodation operator violated Title III of the Americans with Disability Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she encountered unnecessary difficulties accessing defendant's Aloft Philadelphia Downtown Hotel as a result of architectural barriers at the property. The plaintiff holds Urban Philadelphia Liberty Building LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide independent access to a person in a wheelchair, and failed to provide accessible seating, an elevator card reader, a guest room bathroom and a toilet room.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order to make the facility readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disability and award for attorneys’ fees, costs and other appropriate relief. She is represented by David Dessen of Dessen, Moses & Rossito in Willow Grove.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Philadelphia Case No. is 2:18-cv-03845-CMR.