State’s ‘gotcha’ laws breed contempt

If ever the phrase “The law is an ass” were to describe a legal edict, California’s enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act would be the poster child!

It has allowed a vexatious litigant to profit mightily while destroying businesses that serve the general public.

I do not blame the litigant, who is acting under the law. I blame the legislators, who enable, indeed encourage, such destruction.

If the intent of the law is to provide equal access, why not make a provision for business owners to make modifications rather than punitively shut them down?

“Gotcha” laws like this do not breed justice. They only breed contempt.

Kathryn Tomaino

Los Altos