Looks like Mr. Smith’s might keep its reputation as “the friendliest saloon in town.” According to a document filed last Tuesday in D.C. District Court, Georgetown student Taylor Price (MSB ’10) withdrew his discrimination lawsuit against the restaurant, seemingly because Mr. Smith’s made a donation to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
“In the end, I think both sides were happy,” Price said. Price, who has been paraplegic since a 2004 diving injury, sued Mr. Smith’s in September for a violation of the American with Disabilities Act. Price’s lawsuit alleged that on January 23, 2009, a manager at Mr. Smith’s had not allowed him to enter the back of the restaurant because the manager said Price’s wheelchair was a fire hazard.
Price said the terms of the settlement with Mr. Smith’s are confidential, but he insists he did not personally receive money. A joint statement from Price and Mr. Smith’s suggests that Mr. Smith’s did lose some money, just not to Price.
The statement trumpets Mr. Smith’s donations to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, perhaps a nod to how Mr. Smith’s managed to resolve the lawsuit. For his part, Price says in the statement that Mr. Smith’s is welcoming towards people with disabilities.
After the jump, the court document and the joint statement