Federal lawsuit filed against Golden Corral restaurant in Michigan over Disabilities Act violation

Lawsuit says manager told mom, children to leave because daughter had skin disorder


The government said Friday it had filed a suit against the Golden Corral restaurant in Westland for violating the American's with Disabilities Act by denying service to a mother and her children based on the appearance of the children's skin due to a genetic skin disorder.

The complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit, alleges that the manager of the Golden Corral restaurant demanded that Danielle Duford and her four daughters leave the restaurant based on the appearance of the children's skin.

The children has epidermolysis bullosa, which causes blisters to form on the skin in response to minor injuries and temperature changes.

READ: Golden Corral federal complaint

Despite Duford informing the restaurant manager of her children's disability and repeatedly emphasizing that they did not have a contagious disease, the manager required the family to immediately leave the
restaurant, claiming that he had received complaints from other customers.

Title III of the ADA prohibits public accommodations, such as restaurants, from discriminating against people on the basis of disability, or their association with an individual with a disability, in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods or services offered.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction against further discrimination, money damages for the victims of the unlawful discrimination, and civil penalties to be paid to the United States.

Dr. Frank McGeorge answers: What is epidermolysis bullosa?

The skin condition involves several fairly rare skin problems which all have one thing in common: the tendency to form blisters after very minor injury to the area.

The blisters can be large and when they break they leave painful areas behind, just like the blister from a burn would. To someone who has never seen them, the blisters could look contagious, but they're not.

If anyone should be concerned it is the person with the condition because they are at risk if the areas get infected.

-- Dr. Frank McGeorge, Local 4

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