ALLENTOWN, Pa., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Kitay Law Offices is representing a Northampton mother who is suing the Walt Disney Company after her 7-year-old autistic son was denied entry to the Disney Store at the Lehigh Valley Mall because he was not wearing a facemask.
Like many people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, the boy is extremely sensitive to touch, especially on his face. For that reason, the lawsuit says that the boy’s mother, Shea Emanuel, decided after experimenting with different face coverings, not to force him to wear a mask in public because he would become very distraught.
Emanuel took her sons to the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall Township last month on a birthday outing for the boy’s younger brother. Emanuel explained to the store manager that her son is autistic, which prevents him from wearing a facemask. But, the Disney Store manager would not allow the boy into the store, the lawsuit claims.