Many of Taco Bell’s 220 stores in California are inaccessible to wheelchair users, the U.S. District Court for the District of Court of North California ruled Wednesday.
In the upcoming months, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton will file an order requiring the fast food chain to make a range of improvements to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
“(Taco Bell) is not currently following its own access policies, and has a history of not doing so,” the judge said.
The ruling stems from a class action lawsuit filed in December 2002 and a weeklong hearing in June that focused on a Taco Bell in San Pablo, chosen as an example of the restaurants statewide.
Taco Bell failed to convince the judge it had complied with a 2007 order to provide new accommodations for people with disabilities in its lines, doors and tables, according to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek.
The violations include aisles that were too narrow for wheelchair users; entry doors that were too heavy for these individuals to open; tables that were too lows for their knees to fit comfortably; parking lots spaces that were too small for wheelchair vans; and other similar violations.