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Cracker Barrel settles federal handicapped parking suit

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has settled a class-action lawsuit brought by a Pittsburgh woman who plays on the U.S. Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team that claims handicapped parking spaces at some restaurants are too steep or otherwise violate federal law. Officials with the Lebanon, Tennessee-based chain didn't immediately comment on the settlement which was preliminarily approved Monday. Sarah Heinzl sued in 2014 because the parking spaces at the restaurant in Robinson Township were so sloped her wheelchair would roll away before she could get in it, so she would bring someone along to help her. Under the settlement, Cracker Barrel has 2½ years to fix slope and other handicapped parking problems at 107 restaurants in seven states, and up to seven years fix any problems revealed by a court-ordered architectural survey of its 536 other restaurants.

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