Reynoldson et al v. City of Seattle

Description of the action

People use sidewalks every day to get to school, work, and visit a city. Curb cuts allow people with mobility disabilities to safely get on and off these sidewalks. They also help people navigate the city when they’re using bikes, strollers, luggage and other items that roll on wheels. However, many cities and towns have sidewalks that have bad or missing curb cuts. 

The lack of accessible curb cuts excludes people with mobility disabilities from accessing the services and programs of a city and violates their basic civil rights. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires cities and towns to install and repair curb cuts. Cities and towns have had 25 years to make sure sidewalks are safe and accessible place for all people - including those with mobility disabilities. It’s time we demand that deliver on this promise of equality.

In 2015, Disability Rights Washington, filed a lawsuit Reynoldson et al v. City of Seattle, No. 2:15-cv-01608, in federal court seeking the court’s help in ensuring that the City of Seattle makes its streets safe and accessible for people with mobility disabilities.

Notice of Landmark Settlement Agreement

Logos of DRW, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, and Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho

In July 2017, Disability Rights Washington, along with co-counsel filed a settlement agreement with the City of Seattle. The settlement agreement lays out a plan for Seattle to fulfill the promise of the ADA by ensuring equal access to people with disabilities who live, work, or travel to Seattle.

The Court has preliminarily approved the Reynoldson Settlement Agreement and has scheduled a fairness hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to decide whether the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate, and should be finally approved. Class members have the right to attend and be heard at this hearing. The fairness hearing will be held on November 1, 2017, at 10 AM at the following location:

United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
700 Stewart Street, Courtroom 16106
Seattle, WA 98101

Please send all email objections to DRW's co-counsel, the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), at curbramps@creeclaw.org. All objections are due on or before October 2, 2017.

More information is available in the Settlement Notice [PDF]. Settlement Notice in Chinese / 中文 [PDF], Settlement Notice in Spanish / Español [PDF], Settlement Notice in Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt [PDF].

To request a copy of the Proposed Consent Decree [PDF] in Spanish / Español, Chinese / 中文, or Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt, please send an email to curbramps@creeclaw.org. Please put the language you’re requesting in the body of the email.

Video

Show us your #CrappyCurb video that explains the importance of curb cuts. All are welcome to post a photo or video of a #CrappyCurb on Twitter, Instagram and the Rooted in Rights Facebook page. Don't forget to use the hashtag #CrappyCurb and to share your location in the photo or video! 

Summary of work: 

Milestone July 18, 2017

The City of Seattle has settled a landmark class action lawsuit by committing to installing over twenty thousand accessible curb ramps throughout Seattle over the next eighteen years. In addition to installing thousands of curb ramps, Seattle also promised to improve the way it responds to people with disabilities who report bad or missing curb ramps.

The consent decree setting out the Seattle’s commitments is available, as well as the press release for the settlement agreement.

Milestone October 8, 2015

A year and a half ago, Disability Rights Washington, along with our co-counsel Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) and Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, asked the City of Seattle to come up with a plan to fix inaccessible or missing curb cuts. After over a year and half of negotiations, we still have no effective plan to protect the civil rights of people with mobility disabilities to safely access the programs and services of the City of Seattle. Their civil rights cannot wait anymore. 

We are filing a lawsuit in federal court seeking the court’s help in ensuring that the City of Seattle makes our streets safe and accessible for people with mobility disabilities as required by federal law for over 25 years. The complaint to City of Seattle [PDF] is available, as well as the complaint exhibits [PDF]. The press release [PDF] can be found here.

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