Professor Arlene Kanter on the Dunkin’ Donut Discrimination Lawsuit

Professor Arlene Kanter, the Founding Director of the Disability Law and Policy Program, recently spoke with NBC News Now about a lawsuit against Dunkin’ Donuts that claims the company discriminates against customers with milk allergies by charging them more for non-dairy alternatives. The lawsuit seeks remedy under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“People who have chronic conditions, such as lactose intolerance or food allergies, if they are substantially limiting the ability to eat or function day to day, they are considered disabilities under the act,” says Kanter.

She adds, “They offer sweeteners that are not sugar and decaffeinated coffee. To single out a non-dairy alternative is discriminatory.”