A woman named Suzanna Benassi claims that she was discriminated against because of her service dog on May 7, 2020 while dining at Jim’s Seafood in Frankfort. Accordingly, their food was already served when they were asked to move tables.
– A woman was dining with her husband and service dog at Jim’s Seafood.
– Later, after they were served their food, they were asked to move tables.
– The initial reason for the move is…
A video was recorded by Benassi and she was told that her dog was too close to the kitchen and it is a violation of local health department rules. Later, they said that someone who has allergies pertaining to doggo’s fur could be triggered because of the service dog’s presence. Benassi responded that asking her to move is a violation of her rights under the American with Disabilities Act. Her service dog was necessary because she has functional neurological disorder. She cannot communicate well with her body when under stress. The doggo, Dobby, keeps her calm to prevent episodes from occurring.
Benassi continued to share that she did not want to move tables because she feels like she was not important as the other customers. She added, “I felt like I wasn’t being listened to. That my need for him didn’t really matter.”
Benassi, her husband, and her doggo left the restaurant and contacted a lawyer after. The law states that people with disabilities cannot be asked to move away from others unless there is a legitimate concern about danger, disruption, or other harm. Benassi and her lawyer are yet to discuss how they will move forward from this.
For now, Benassi wants to raise awareness. She said, “I don’t want this to happen to anybody else. I want people to be able to go and enjoy a dinner and feel just as important as able-bodied people.”
The restaurant said they will not comment and their lawyer should be spoken to about the incident.
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