Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Zoltan Hirsch — a double amputee in a wheelchair dubbed “Hell on Wheels” by The Post in 2011 after he filed 87 federal claims in one year against city businesses, arguing they were not wheelchair-accessible — is continuing his campaign.
Hirsch last month sued Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply at 99 University Place, claiming he suffered injury because, according to papers filed in US District Court, he “continues to be discriminated against due to the architectural barriers.”
The Brooklyn resident, who lost his legs in a car accident 10 years ago, previously hit a vast array of businesses ranging from a Brooklyn Dunkin’ Donuts to Midtown’s Lace strip club, Soho’s Louis Vuitton and even a pedicure spa in Soho.
The Post reported Hirsch, who lives in Borough Park, goes through other neighborhoods, block by block, looking for places that are not accessible.
His lawsuits, which cite the Americans With Disabilities Act, including the new one against Ralph Lauren, are filled with complaints about interior fittings, including merchandise racks that are too high. Many of the cases have been quickly and confidentially settled.
While Hirsch and his attorney B. Bradley Weitz didn’t get back to us Tuesday night, they had previously insisted they were not trying to shake down businesses but were championing the rights of the disabled.
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