Knoxville disability coordinator files discrimination lawsuit

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville breast center is being sued for allegedly denying services to a disabled woman. The plaintiff is the disability service coordinator for the city.

Stephanie Cook has been in a wheelchair for 25 years. She says she was denied an MRI at the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center (KCBC) because of her disability.

“I’ve just never had any one blatantly say we can’t help you,” said Cook, the disability service coordinator.

It began in June 2011 when Cook, who has a family history of breast cancer, found a suspicious lump. She went to KCBC for a consult.

“They told me to come back in six months for an MRI,” Cook said. “I asked (the nurse) to make a note that I use a chair and I would probably need some help to get on the table.”

Then last December she was told she could not have the MRI she needed. It is not handicap accessible.

Cook is suing the center under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read more here: Knoxville disability coordinator files discrimination lawsuit

It’s important for all goods and services to be accessible to anyone if those services are offered to everyone.

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