Hollister settlement is official!

On Thursday, Judge Wiley Daniel in the US District Court for the District of Colorado gave the thumbs up to a final settlement agreement between plaintiffs Anita Hansen, Julie Farrar, and the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition and Defendant Abercrombie & Fitch Co. concerning the raised entrances at A&F’s Hollister stores.   The lawsuit started back in 2009 when plaintiffs challenged the inaccessible step-up “beach house porch”-style entrances (see photo above) and other accessibility issues at Hollister stores. After six years of litigation, including a mixed result from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals — affirming that our clients had standing and the class was properly certified, but denying that the steps violated the 1991 regs — we are happy to announce that the lawsuit has settled and that A&F will take steps to make their Hollister stores more accessible. As a result of the lawsuit, the clothing company reorganized merchandise to allow for easier navigation through the stores and built lower sales counters that are accessible to people who use wheelchairs.  In this most recent settlement, A&F commits to reduce by approximately half the number of stores with raised porches, by either closing them or converting them to a new entrance design without barriers or steps.   (Photo below.)     Thank you to our great plaintiffs and co-counsel Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, Campins Benham-Baker, and Bill Lann Lee for their excellent work in reaching this settlement! I’d also like to express appreciation for our opposing counsel, Mark Kneuve of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, who was a gentleman throughout, even when making arguments we disagreed with. For more information about the...

Celebrate CREEC next Thursday!

Come hang out with us on Thursday, September 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Artwork Network Gallery! It’s not too late to get your ticket for this great event!  In addition to the usual (short, we promise!) speeches, mingling, snacking, and schmoozing, we’re proud that this year’s celebration will feature: Corbett O’Toole, who will discuss her latest work Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History. Plus, event attendees will have the opportunity to buy their own copy of the book and have it personally signed by the author!     Mary Lou Mobley, whose new photography book, The ADA Image Project, will be available for sale. We are also giving away one copy of this beautiful book as a door prize.     Tracy Lynn Pristas (who created Lucent Immersion, left), Silvana LaCreta Ravena, and Ana Maria Botero, whose “Vivid Visions” exhibit of bold, large-scale abstract paintings is currently on display at Artwork Network Gallery.    Music duo Mike Fitzmaurice (left) and Brian Mullins (right), who will play a variety of acoustic tunes on the upright bass, guitar, and mandolin.       Individual tickets and Student/Under 30 tickets will continue to be available for purchase until Wednesday, September 16. We have a limited amount of ticket scholarships available; please email sbreene@creeclaw.org for more information. To purchase a ticket, please visit...

CREEC’s Second Anniversary Event is September 17!

We are so excited to celebrate our second year of civil rights education, community outreach, and litigation. We hope you can join us for the party! In honor of CREEC’s second year, we’re doing it up in style on September 17, from 5pm-8pm at Artwork Network Gallery, part of Denver’s vibrant Santa Fe Art District. We are thrilled to present Corbett O’Toole with the first-ever CREEC Intersectionality Award for her outstanding work across multiple areas of advocacy. The event program also features great food and drinks, live music, a door prize, minimal speechifying, and the opportunity to buy Corbett’s latest book. Please join us to celebrate this milestone. It’s not too late to sponsor the event or purchase a ticket! Head over to our event webpage www.creeclaw.org/event to get more details and sign up. Please contact info@creeclaw.org with any...
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