If you’re sick and tired of paying extra for your
gluten-free Chicken Lettuce Wraps at P.F. Chang’s, you may be in luck. Anna
Marie Philips is suing the pan-Asian cuisine restaurant over the prices of
their gluten-free menu items. She’s claiming that the added charge for
gluten-free items is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
She suffers from celiac disease. The disease causes painful
inflammation in the intestines. “Often times I feel like I have to choose my
health or having money,” said another celiac sufferer to Yahoo Health.
As if eating gluten-free weren’t hard enough—limited food
options, hidden gluten in foods you wouldn’t expect, cross-contamination, to
name a few—you’ve also got to save your pennies to be able to afford it.
Despite being ranked as the
second most allergy-friendly restaurant by Allergy Eats, P.F. Chang’s
charged an extra dollar to make their regular menu items gluten free. A study
revealed that all commercially available products labeled as gluten-free were
242 percent more expensive than comparable products. And those dollars are
So is the gluten-free crowd being discriminated against?
“Having a dietary issue is a disability,” attorney Mark
Heller told Yahoo Health. “To have to pay a premium price is discriminatory,
and there is legal basis for a case. It would be like installing a handicapped
ramp and then charging people a dollar to use it.”
“This could be a pioneering and trail blazing the way to
bring light to the fact that people shouldn’t be charged differently,” Heller