Are Bodega Disability-Act Lawsuits the New Ambulance Chasing?

Screwed as usual.
Screwed as usual. Photo: Spencer Platt

While wage-violation specialists like Maimon Kirschenbaum make big bucks bringing suit against the big guys, others in the legal world are targeting the little guys — bodegas, yogurt shops, and the like — for failing to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act guidelines. While it’s unfair to imagine a disabled person being unable to access their neighborhood deli, according to the Times, many of these legal eagles are not responding to complaints, but rather seeking out disabled people to testify in instances where they see violations. Plaintiffs collect around $500 while their lawyers keep thousands. And the mom-and-pop operations? Well, as usual, they’re screwed. [NYT]