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DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Chicago Cubs

Cubs Sued By DOJ

DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Chicago Cubs

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a lawsuit in the Illinois federal court against the Chicago Cubs for allegedly discriminating against people with disabilities.

The DOJ is claiming the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise has altered their home stadium, Wrigley Field, making it difficult for people in wheelchairs to access some facilities in the stadium.

The lawsuit follows a three-year investigation into the Wrigley Field upgrades, where the franchise claimed they will offer an enhanced game-day experience for premium fans and those looking for luxury accommodations.

The upgrades started during the 2014 season and consist of different stadium adjustments including expanded seating in the bleachers and grandstand, reinforced structural supports and added fan amenities.

The lawsuit also said the Cubs’ upgrades failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by removing the best wheelchair seating and failing to add extras in the new premium area.

Additionally, the DOJ said the MLB franchise allegedly failed ADA requirements by relocating wheelchair seats to areas which are unsuitable for viewing and also segregating them from the crowd, with their press box also coming under the microscope for not offering enough seating for reporters with disabilities.

The Cubs have said the upgrades raise approximately 50% of accessibility of seats and other facilities around the stadium such as elevators, accessible restrooms and assistive learning technology, with the franchise fully cooperating with the inquiries.

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