NEW ORLEANS – A St. John the Baptist Parish man who is paralyzed from the waist down says Church’s Fried Chicken is discriminating against him because of his disability.

Wayne Gilmore filed a lawsuit Nov. 17 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Church’s parent, Cajun Operating Co., citing violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to the complaint, the Church’s Fried Chicken restaurant at 1601 W. Airline Highway in La Place, has wheelchair-inaccessible parking and restrooms in violation of the ADA. Gilmore, who is wheelchair bound due to his paralysis, claims he is denied access and service equal to nonhandicapped customers.

Gilmore seeks court orders to change the defendant’s policies for handicapped diners and to fix the accessibility issues, plus litigation costs. He is represented by attorney Georgianne Simms of Ku & Mussman in Miami Lakes, Florida.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court Case number 2:15-cv-05990

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