Overview

The hotel industry has always been committed to ensuring persons with disabilities are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while staying at hotels across the country, since the inception of the law more than 25 years ago. The ADA is an important civil rights measure that hoteliers have long supported because they want to provide a welcoming experience for all guests and ensure customers can enjoy each of the facilities and amenities available at the hotel.

To that end, the industry works closely with U.S. Access Board, a federal agency responsible for developing guidelines and standards for the ADA, as well as the Department of Justice. The industry also has a representative on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which creates accessibility and safety guidelines for U.S. businesses, to ensure that the industry perspective is heard.

ADA Picture

AHLA Position

AHLA and our members strongly support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are provided unfettered access to our properties. 

Indeed, the intent of the ADA is to prohibit discrimination and ensure all Americans have equal access to public accommodations. Unfortunately, the law has been used as a weapon by scheming lawyers seeking to extort easy settlements from small business owners through demands for exorbitant attorney’s fees after alleging ambiguous violations of the law. AHLA is working with federal lawmakers to help find a remedy to the growing "cottage industry" of bad actors exploiting the ADA and small business owners. The lodging industry applauds the House of Representatives for passing  the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) that would provide hoteliers a defined period of time to address a violation to ADA before a lawsuit can move forward and urges the Senate to consider similar legislation. 

Key Stats

  • AHLA’s members have spent billions of dollars since 1990 making their facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the ADA.
  • In the past two years, nearly 15,000 lawsuits have been filed under the ADA targeting property owners and businesses.
  • In 2016, the number of ADA Title III lawsuits filed grew by more than 37 percent from the previous year and even more concerning, in 2017, lawsuits increased by 16 percent over 2016.

Issue Updates

One of the hotel industry's top priorities is to make sure every guest can enjoy unfettered access to our hotel's facilities, which is one of the many reasons we strongly support the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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