The EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Disability Discrimination Case – Access to Premises
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) issued today (1 August 2013) legal proceedings in the District Court under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance, Cap. 487, on behalf of a resident of a residential estate, a wheelchair user with mobility difficulties who encounters problems in accessing various locations of the common areas of the residential estate, and was unable to use certain facilities. Despite repeated requests, the management companies of the residential estate have failed to carry out alteration work to address the access barrier issues.
The EOC has granted legal assistance in this case in order to highlight the importance of providing independent and adequate barrier-free access to premises. Lack of adequate access to premises for people with disabilities and elderly people remains prevalent in Hong Kong. By taking this case to the court, the EOC hopes to raise public awareness on the issue of accessibility. The EOC will continue to work towards eliminating disability discrimination in the provision of means of access.
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Equal Opportunities Commission
1 August 2013