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Judge: Hollister, Abercrombie clothing unfriendly to disabled

By Associated Press
Published On: May 22 2013 12:53:33 PM CDT

A man modeling a lifeguard outfit stands outside the front door of a Hollister clothing store. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP)

A federal judge in Denver is considering an injunction after ruling that nearly 250 Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and J.M. Hollister LLC clothing stores are unfriendly to the disabled.
    
The judge agreed in March with the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition that the retailers that cater to a hip, young clientele limited access for customers in wheelchairs.
    
He said the only remedy under the Americans With Disabilities Act is an order to fix the problems, and individuals can't be compensated.
    
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of several Colorado customers who say they had trouble getting into stores and the sales countertops are too high.
    
The companies say they complied with all construction standards in effect at the time.
    
New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie & Fitch is the parent company of Hollister.

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