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ADA Plaintiff Theresa Brooke Sues Hotels Over Online Reservation Policies

By: Lindsay Leavitt Attorney, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. Theresa Brooke has returned to Arizona and has found a new way to sue hotels for ADA violations. Arizona hotel owners will remember Theresa Brooke—in 2015 she sued more than 125 of them for failing to install wheelchair accessible pool lifts. Theresa Brooke, an Arizona resident, is now filing lawsuits in the U.S. District Court of Arizona against out-of-state hotels alleging that their online reservation policies violate the...
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Serial ADA Plaintiff Theresa Brooke Returns to Arizona

By: Lindsay Leavitt Attorney, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. Serial plaintiff Theresa Brooke is back in Arizona filing more ADA accessibility lawsuits. Arizona hotel owners will remember that it was Theresa Brooke who, in 2015, opened the floodgates of accessibility lawsuits—she personally sued more than 100 hotels for failing to install wheelchair accessible pool lifts. For the past eighteen months she and her counsel, Peter K. Strojnik, have been touring California filing hundreds...
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New Proposed Rules for Arizona Sick Leave Requirements

By: Otto S. Shill, III, Attorney, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. Late last week, the Arizona Industrial Commission (the “Commission”) issued a Notice of Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking, adding proposed regulations that clarify several issues under Arizona’s new paid sick leave requirements. Below are summaries of the most significant proposed rules: Paid Time Off (PTO) policies do not need to distinguish between sick leave and other leave.  The new proposed regulations...
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Getting Ready for July 1st: Arizona’s Sick Leave Rules Become Effective

Getting Ready for July 1st: Arizona’s Sick Leave Rules Become Effective
By: Ottos S. Shill, III Arizona’s new voter-approved law, ARS Sec. 23-371 et. seq., gives virtually every employee in the State the right to 24 or 40 hours per year of paid sick leave (depending on the size of the employer). Employers have just under 30 days to prepare for the new rules, which become effective July 1, 2017. Before that date, every Arizona employer should: Select a measurement year Ensure record-keeping systems are ready Prepare employee communications, notices and...
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JSS Attorney Chris Mason Discusses Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney Chris Mason joined AZTV to discuss how to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.
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Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Prop 206

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Prop 206
By: Otto S. Shill, III, Attorney, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. The Arizona Supreme Court has unanimously upheld Arizona Proposition 206, which, effective January 1, 2017, increased Arizona’s minimum wage to $10.00, and requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees beginning July 1, 2017. The statute, known as the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, is the result of a 2016 voter proposition. It has been highly contested by numerous business organizations; however,...
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Blind Man Sues Arizona Businesses for Failing to Provide Websites that are Accessible to the Visuall...

Blind Man Sues Arizona Businesses for Failing to Provide Websites that are Accessible to the Visually Impaired
By Lindsay G. Leavitt, Attorney, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C.www.jsslaw.com That collective groan you heard last night was from thousands of Arizona business owners who mistakenly thought that the tidal wave of ADA litigation in Arizona—more than 2000 cases in the past 18 months—had finally subsided. Unfortunately, it appears that another serial plaintiff has emerged, and this time he is focusing on website accessibility to persons with visual impairments. A Texas resident named...
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