Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by places of public accommodation, and requires that the goods, services, and accommodations of such places be accessible to the disabled. Virtually any business that opens its doors to the public is covered by this statute, including hotels, medical facilities, retailers, restaurants, and recreational and entertainment venues. Even websites associated with brick and mortar places of public accommodations can be covered under the ADA based on some recent judicial interpretation.
The experience of EBG's Disability Law practice in the area of public accommodations discrimination is unrivaled. For example, EBG attorneys have provided the following services to our clients:
- Defended owners and operators of public accommodations against lawsuits and government investigations alleging disability discrimination because of alleged barriers to their facilities, goods, or services;
- Represented lodging and other industries in rulemakings by the Department of Justice under the ADA;
- Advised clients on the requirements and applicability of the ADA to various aspects of their business, including cutting edge issues such as the application of the ADA to websites, payment terminals, and condominiums rental programs/condo-hotels;
- Developed tools such as survey documents for owners and operators of public accommodations to determine whether their facilities, goods and services are accessible to the disabled;
- Drafted policies and procedures for public accommodations to ensure that patrons with disabilities receive the goods, services, and accommodations required by law; and
- Developed training programs and/or provided training for employees of public accommodations on ADA policies and disabilities.
EBG's attorneys assist clients with cutting edge issues arising under Title III of the ADA everyday. These include the proposed revisions to the current ADA regulations (the ADA Accessibility Guidelines or ADAAG) regarding accessible public accommodations and commercial facilities, website accessibility, point-of-sale device accessibility, and the application of the ADA to condo-hotels, vacation homes and condominiums rented to the public. And because some of the attorneys in the Disability Law practice served at the highest levels of the federal agencies that enforce the ADA and other non-discrimination laws before coming to EBG, they offer unique and valuable insight on how to handle matters that arise under these statutes.