Dis­abled Cou­ple Sues MTR

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A mar­ried cou­ple—both wheel­chair users— are su­ing the MTR Cor­po­ra­tion for dis­crim­i­na­tion af­ter they were de­nied ac­cess to board the same train. Reg­u­la­tions state that MTR em­ploy­ees can only as­sist one wheel­chair user per train with the use of a por­ta­ble ramp, though wheel­chair users who do not re­quire as­sis­tance may board trains as they please. The cou­ple al­leges that MTR staff re­fused to help them on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions— on the sec­ond oc­ca­sion po­lice were called when the two got into an ar­gu­ment with MTR em­ploy­ees. With the help of the Equal Op­por­tu­ni­ties Com­mis­sion, the cou­ple is now su­ing the rail­way gi­ant for $100,000 in psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­ages.

Our take: This is why we shouldn’t take mo­bil­ity for granted.

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