A drug and alcohol addiction treatment provider is suing Delray Beach for allegedly discriminating against people with disabilities. This comes after the facility was denied permission to house clients in a sober house.
The Caron Foundation bought a $3 million dollar house on Seaspray Avenue in January as a sober house residence. The Caron Foundation filed the lawsuit last Friday in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach. The lawsuit alleges Delray Beach violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.
“The federal law has been clear since 1988 that people who are in recovery and those who provide treatment services to them are a protected class,” said Jim Green, attorney for the Caron Foundation. “There has been no real attempt to understand people with substance abuse or alcohol abuse. There just has been a hysterical reaction based on stereotypes and prejudice.”