Articles Tagged with ADA defense lawyer

ADA enforcement “sweeps” hit the West Coast — Exactly what does this mean to the lodging industry?

If I am the owner or manager of a hotel and get an envelope from the DOJ with one of its ADA Compliance Review questionnaires, what should I do?

First, take it very seriously! Get the questionnaire to the right person as quickly as possible. You want an experienced ADA defense lawyer to walk you through these deceptively simple questions. DOJ is surveying both hotel owners and managers, and the last thing you want is for this document to be sitting in someone’s inbox while the person tries to figure out what it means and who should be dealing with it. Every question on the form has been carefully drafted to elicit important information about ADA compliance. The survey is specifically focused on identifying architectural and communications (e.g., signage) access barriers and, equally important, your hotel’s ADA policies and procedures. It is very detailed. Completing the questionnaire will take time and careful thought.

The Department of Justice “ADA Sweeps” in NYC’s Times Square theater district

I have been defending clients in a number of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) ADA investigations. A number of our clients have properties in New York City, and one of them was included in the DOJ’s “Manhattan Hotels/Time Square Theater District ADA Compliance Review Survey”, a sweep of hotels around Time Square. I am the only California lawyer involved in this DOJ investigation. A complaint was lodged by a disabled tourist with the DOJ against one of the 60 Theater District hotels, not our client’s property. Some of the hotels are over 100 years old, while others are newly built or renovated properties. Below are some of the questions I have been asked about this “ADA Sweep”.

Why is the DOJ auditing hotels about ADA compliance?