Little booths and big customers may not be the best combination. A 290-pound man is suing the Columbus-based White Castle burger chain, claiming he suffered embarrassment and injured his knee when he tried to squeeze into a booth in a restaurant in New York.
Martin Kessman says White Castle’s small booths violate the ADA.
A spokesperson for the burger chain said the Long Island eatery is being renovated and will include larger booths.
Whether the large man has a case against the restaurant that sells small burgers is questionable. Obesity is not necessarily a disability under the ADA. The obesity must result from a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits the person’s ability to perform major life activities.
Note: At most, a court could order White Castle to install bigger booths, which it already plans to do.