Ohio Reaches Settlement with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to Protect Rights of Local Blind Vendor
May 2, 2016 - 2:56 PM
Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a settlement with
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to protect the rights of the blind
vendor that operates the dining facility at the base.
case involves the Randolph-Sheppard Act, a federal law that gives
priority to blind vendors to operate dining facilities on federal
an agreed order filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Ohio, the Air Force agrees to retain Huber Heights vendor
Lenny’s Food Service while arbitration proceedings occur.
is about protecting Ohio jobs and the rights of the local vendor,”
Attorney General DeWine said. “We’re pleased we could work with the Air
Force to reach a settlement.”
1999, a blind vendor named Leonard Johnson, who owns Lenny’s Food
Service, has operated the dining facility at Wright-Patterson. Recently,
the Air Force gave notice that it intended to replace Lenny’s Food
Service with a Maryland company that is not a blind vendor.
Ohio Attorney General’s Office, on behalf of Opportunities for Ohioans
with Disabilities, intervened to stop the removal, explaining that the
Randolph-Sheppard Act requires arbitration before a blind vendor can be
engaging in settlement discussions, the parties filed a joint motion
seeking an agreed preliminary injunction to maintain the vendor’s
contract while the issues in dispute are arbitrated.
Ohio, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) operates the
state’s blind vendor program on behalf of the U.S. Department of
Education. OOD designated Leonard Johnson as the licensed blind vendor
to operate the contract at Wright-Patterson
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