EUGENE, Ore. — A woman who said she was discriminated against because of her service dog appeared in court Tuesday. The Bureau of Labor and Industries began hearing the case against the Duck Stop Market.
Two judges heard opening arguments and testimony from the complainant in this case Tuesday from Michel Hilt Hayden’s attorney along with the defendant, The Duck Stop Market.
Hilt-Hayden said she was discriminated against because of her disability when she was kicked out of the Duck Stop Market in April 2013, for bringing in her two service dogs.
Her attorney said they’ll present evidence showing the extent of Hilt Hayden’s disabilities, proof both dogs meet the requirements of being service dogs, and the dogs do in fact help Hilt Hayden.
Her team will also argue the Duck Stop Market is a public place.
The defense said the dogs are not service animals by state or federal law. They also said the dogs must be used directly for the handler’s disability and they do not discriminate.
The defense said it will argue that service animals going through training are only allowed in stores with their trainer, not handler.
A number of witnesses testified Tuesday, including Hilt Hayden’s husband who was with her that day. He said she was so upset, she wouldn’t leave the house for days after the confrontation.