Judge Rules In Favor Of Boy In Wheelchair In Aquarium Dispute

DENVER (CBS4)– A judge has ruled in favor of a family who claimed discrimination at the Downtown Aquarium. A mother sued the attraction after her son, who is in a wheelchair, was denied access to a ride.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Willie is 10 years old. He has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. His family sued Landry’s Downtown Aquarium for discrimination and outrageous conduct.

Abby Galdamez with Willie. (credit: CBS)

Abby Galdamez with Willie. (credit: CBS)

In April 2014, Abby had taken Willie to the aquarium. They waited outside in the snow for 45 minutes to visit the 4-D theatre ride. Abby says when they arrived at the front of the line, the ticket person, who no longer works for the company, uttered offensive remarks and denied them access.

The judge ruled the aquarium must pay $15,000 for infliction of emotional distress for outrageous conduct.

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