The television programs “Conan” and “Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers” have been hit with separate lawsuits filed on behalf of a man with muscular dystrophy who claims he was denied the opportunity to attend tapings of the shows, reports TheWrap.com.
The suits, filed by the Disability Rights Legal Center, name Time Warner Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Distribution, the story notes.
Emmanuel Ramirez, who is confined to a wheelchair, allegedly was told the taping facility for "Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers" wasn’t wheelchair accessible.
The other suit claims Ramirez and three friends tried to attend "Conan" in February 2011 but were told his wheelchair-accessible van wouldn’t fit in the parking structure. The lawsuit claims none of the vehicles used to take audience members to the studio were accessible for wheelchairs, forcing Ramirez to take a path that was difficult and forced him onto the street, the story says.
Ramirez claims he was told wheelchair-accessible seating was only available on the second floor of "Conan’s” studio. He asked to sit on the lower level, concerned the lift looked flimsy, but was allegedly told he would cause a fire hazard, the story notes.
Warner had no comment, the piece notes.