SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Taco Bell violated federal and California laws protecting the disabled from discrimination.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland is now deciding what improvements the company must make to the 220 stores it owns in California and how much to fine the fast-food chain.

Hamilton ruled Wednesday after presiding over a weeklong trial in June that examined one store in San Pablo, which is being used as an example of all the company-owned California locations. Hamilton says the San Pablo store failed to provide proper handicap parking, wheelchair access and other accommodations for the disabled.

The ruling was prompted by a class action lawsuit filed in December 2002.

Taco Bell is owned by Louisvile, Ky.-based Yum Brands Inc.




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