- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The owners of a Trenton store will pay a blind patron $1,500 after they asked him and his guide dog to leave the store.

Harshad and Daksha Desai also agreed to undergo civil rights training and post a sign that guide dogs are welcome under a settlement announced by the state’s Civil Rights Division on Thursday.

Yvonne Ware entered Mark Variety Store with the guide dog in October 2012 and was asked to leave. The store owners claimed the store was crowded and wanted a safe environment for the animal. Ware said the store had “maybe two customers.”

State law says any person with a disability accompanied by a service or guide dog trained by a recognized agency to have full access to all public facilities.


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