Disability Rights Lawyer Scott Johnson Targets Burger Stand, Forces It To Close

Scott Johnson; Americans with Disabilities Act; ADA
Scott Johnson; Americans with Disabilities Act; ADA

The poor economy brought Ford's Real Hamburgers to the brink. But the owners of the Sacramento, Calif., burger stand say they finally had to close when they became the target of a disability rights crusader. Without the cash on hand to make its bathroom handicapped-accessible, Ford's says that after more than two decades of business it was forced to fry its last patty.

Scott Johnson, a quadriplegic, sued the burger stand on Sept. 7, claiming that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the ADA, all public accommodations must make "reasonable modifications" so that disabled people can enjoy the place like anybody else.