It has come to our attention through our clients and other Hotel Owners/Hotel Management, that there has been a significant increase in the number of lawsuits against hoteliers for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (hereinafter “ADA”). A typical scenario is that a single plaintiff files over 50 lawsuits against hoteliers in a specific geographic region that has been inspected. In each of these cases, the plaintiff’s central issue focused on pool lift regulations. It is therefore extremely important for hoteliers to understand the ADA requirements and what you need to do to comply with the law. We have helped defend some of these lawsuits and had success helping our clients settle them, unfortunately this is something you cannot ignore.
“The United States Department of Justice has compiled a list of requirements to encourage compliance with pool lift regulations, a set of common questions and answers and checklist for lodging facilities. Knowing your rights and responsibilities is the best way for you to protect your businesses, your investments and your families from parties who are looking to exploit these issues to turn a quick profit at your expense.”
Please follow the links below to review these rules and ensure your hotel properties are compliant with the law:
ADA Pool Lift Requirements
ADA Checklist for New Lodging Facilities
As an Ambassador of the Florida Region of AAHOA and a Florida Hotel Attorney, Attorney Sarah Gulati, would love to hear all your concerns and issues regarding ADA lawsuits targeting pool lift compliance.
Source: AAHOA bulletin~by Chip Rogers AAHOA President & CEO.