Court: Lawsuit alleging Maryland boy was forced to leave Colonial Williamsburg restaurant can proceed
Jun 01, 2019 at 11:40 AM
WILLIAMSBURG, VA. — A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit alleging that a restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg forced an 11-year-old Maryland boy to leave when he brought his own gluten-free meal on a school field trip.
The lawsuit says Colonial Williamsburg violated the Americans With Disabilities Act when the boy was forced to sit outside after Shields Tavern said it had a rule against bringing in outside food.
A judge had dismissed the lawsuit, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that ruling Friday and said the case should be decided by a jury.
Colonial Williamsburg has said it never asked the boy and his father to leave the restaurant. The living history museum says they chose to leave and refused to accept a gluten-free meal the restaurant offered to make.
As of July 2017, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, the boy lived in Anne Arundel County and had just completed fifth grade.
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