Attorneys at Law firm Wolf Theiss pro bono in defence of rights of the blind with guide dogs
Ireneusz Walencik, 22 April 2015
Aleksander Woźnicki and Rafał Karbowniczek, Attorneys at Law (advocates) of the law firm Wolf Theiss are representing pro bono before the court three blind persons who are assisted by guide dogs. The blind persons sued entrepreneurs who had refused them the right to use their services.
The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights informed of the lawsuits in the said cases filed on 16 April 2015 to the Regional Court in Warsaw. The lawyers represent the Claimants at the request of the foundation. They are requesting an apology in the press, payment to be made to a charity and for compensation. In the first case, two blind people were refused entry with their guide dogs to a restaurant in Warsaw. They were offered to sit in the garden area when it had started raining. In the second case the proceedings were brought against the owner of a transport company, where the driver denied a blind women entry to the bus saying that the Terms and Conditions prohibit the transport of animals.
The blind were referring to the prevailing provisions of law allowing the free movement with guide dogs. According to Dr Dorota Pudzianowska, a lawyer at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, a person with the assistance of a dog has the guaranteed right to enter buildings for public use, including dining facilities and the means of transport pursuant to Art. 20a of the Act on Disabled Professional and Social Rehabilitation and Employment.