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Serial ADA Plaintiffs David Ritzenthaler and Santiago Abreu Have Sued More Than 450 Arizona Business...

Serial ADA Plaintiffs David Ritzenthaler and Santiago Abreu Have Sued More Than 450 Arizona Businesses in 2016
By: Lindsay Leavitt In the past few months David Ritzenthaler, a Scottsdale resident, and Santiago Abreu, a Florida resident, have filed more than 450 lawsuits against Arizona businesses alleging an assortment of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Read my earlier blogs about Mr. Ritzenthaler’s lawsuits here, here and here and Mr. Abreu’s lawsuits here. Although not as prolific as Mr. Ritzenthaler, Santiago Abreu, a Florida resident, is targeting Arizona...
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EEOC Reveals Positions Related to LGBT Workers

EEOC Reveals Positions Related to LGBT Workers
By: John Egbert On May 2, 2016, the EEOC posted on its website, information about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s positions related to LGBT workers. Among other things, the EEOC warned employers that, in the EEOC’s view, it is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to do the following: -Fail to hire an applicant because she is a transgender woman; -Deny an employee equal access to a common restroom corresponding to the employee’s gender identity...
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Employers Should Prepare Now for New White-Collar Overtime Rule

Employers Should Prepare Now for New White-Collar Overtime Rule
By: Kami Hoskins Employers take note – major changes may be coming to overtime regulations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), a proposed rule change would extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million white collar workers.  The proposed changes are anticipated to be finalized within the coming months, and employers should start planning now. By way of background, on July 6, 2015, the DOL issued a proposed rule revising the Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside...
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More ADA Cases Filed by Serial Plaintiff David Ritzenthaler

More ADA Cases Filed by Serial Plaintiff David Ritzenthaler
By: Lindsay Leavitt If Phoenix-area business owners don’t already know who David Ritzenthaler is, they soon will. The Scottsdale resident has sued more than 200 local businesses and landlords for alleged parking lot violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And he is just getting warmed up—I anticipate that he could file up to 10,000 ADA lawsuits within the next six months. Read my earlier blogs about Mr. Ritzenthaler’s lawsuits here and here. There is a method to Mr....
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Disabled Man Sues Dozens of Arizona Businesses Over Handicapped Parking Spaces

Disabled Man Sues Dozens of Arizona Businesses Over Handicapped Parking Spaces
By: Lindsay Leavitt Arizona has quickly become ground-zero for lawsuits arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Previously, I blogged here and here about two other serial plaintiffs who had filed more than 200 lawsuits against Arizona hotels, restaurants, bars and other places of public accommodation, alleging an assortment of ADA violations. Right when those lawsuits were beginning to slow and business owners started breathing sighs of relief, another serial plaintiff has...
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It Begins: Arizona Restaurants/Bars Must Prepare for Tidal Wave of ADA Lawsuits

It Begins: Arizona Restaurants/Bars Must Prepare for Tidal Wave of ADA Lawsuits
By: Lindsay G. Leavitt Arizona is quickly joining the ranks of California, New York and Texas as a hotbed for lawsuits arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Last month, I blogged about (and have personally defended numerous hotel owners against) lawsuits filed by Theresa Brooke, a wheelchair bound Arizona woman who has sued more than 150 Arizona hotel owners for failing to provide wheelchair accessible pool lifts. Now, it appears another disabled serial plaintiff has...
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An Employee Suffering From Alcoholism Is Protected Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

An Employee Suffering From Alcoholism Is Protected Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  By: Lindsay G. Leavitt After it was reported that USC football coach Steve Sarkisian had shown up intoxicated to a team meeting—and that he allegedly coached a game against ASU under the influence[1] —he was quickly fired.  What many employers need to understand, however, is that alcoholism is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Every employer knows that it can’t discriminate against and must provide reasonable accommodations to a...
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