A longtime activist for the rights of disabled people has sued Fred's Mexican Café and the Pierside Pavilion complex in Huntington Beach for alleged failures to comply with state and federal disability laws and with the state's civil rights law and health and safety code.
Costa Mesa resident Christie Rudder filed the lawsuit July 2 accusing Fred's and Pierside Pavilion of failing "in their obligation to provide disabled persons … with full and equal access to their goods and services." The complaints come from a series of visits Rudder, who uses a wheelchair for mobility purposes, paid the establishment at 300 Pacific Coast Hwy. between Nov. 13, 2010, and the winter and spring of 2011 while it was under renovation.
Patricia Barbosa, one of Rudder's attorneys, said both defendants have responded to the lawsuit and are working toward a resolution. Rudder has filed a number of similar lawsuits against establishments like Balboa Island and the CBS game show "Let's Make a Deal," Barbosa said.