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ADA Plaintiff’s Fernando Gastelum and Theresa Brooke Sue Hotels Over Online Reservation Polici...

By: Lindsay Leavitt Attorney, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. The Arizona hospitality industry needs to brace itself for another tidal wave of ADA litigation. ADA plaintiffs Fernando Gastelum and Theresa Brooke have recently filed nearly a dozen lawsuits alleging that the hotels’ online reservations policies violate the ADA. Mr. Gastelum and Ms. Brooke are represented by Peter Strojnik and Peter K. Strojnik, a father and son duo who have filed more than 2300 ADA lawsuits in the last 24...
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Hotels Sued For Violating ADA Online Reservation Policies

ADA plaintiffs have often targeted the hotel industry and Theresa Brooke’s latest round of lawsuits is no different. This time, she is suing hotels over their online reservation policies. The Department of Justice issued regulations relating to hotel reservation policies that went into effect in March 2012. 28 CFR § 26.302(e) provides that, among other things, hotels must: –      modify their policies and practices to allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to reserve...
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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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