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Settlement reached over Red Rocks Amphitheatre overcharging for wheelchair-accessible seats

DENVER (KRDO) -- Monday, the United States determined a resolution for a discrimination claim that was issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This claim is against the City and County of Denver and Live Nation, AEG, and PBS12, according to the United States Department of Justice.

A complaint was filed that tickets for wheelchair-accessible seats at Red Rocks Parks and Amphitheatre were more expensive compared to non-accessible seats.

The U.S. Attorney's Office concluded the City and County of Denver violated the ADA by charging more for wheelchair-accessible seats.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre holds more than 120 wheelchair-accessible seats during each event. According to the Department of Justice, people who use a wheelchair and their guests were charged $47,950.90 more for seats than permitted by ADA regulations.

“Red Rocks is an iconic concert venue, and people with disabilities who attend events and watch their favorite bands there should not be unfairly overcharged for wheelchair-accessible seating,” Matt Kirsch, Attorney for the United States, Acting under Authority Conferred by 28 U.S.C. § 515. “This agreement reflects our commitment to enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires equal treatment for people with disabilities.”

To resolve the complaint, the U.S. Attorney's Office said the City of Denver has agreed to set aside $47,950.90 that will be refunded to individuals who were overcharged for wheelchair-accessible tickets. The city has also implemented a system to ensure that wheelchair-accessible tickets are priced in accordance with ADA regulations.

Live Nation, AEG, and PBS12 have all paid a civil penalty to the United States as well.

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