Settlement reached over accessibility of transportation at hotels run by RLJ Lodging Trust

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Settlement Reached in Hotel Transportation Suit

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, CREEC, of Denver, Colorado, has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit against RLJ Lodging Trust.

The suit addresses the accessibility of RLJ hotel transportation services, under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and California State Law.

According to the CREEC website, “RLJ Lodging owns approximately 127 hotels throughout the country. The lawsuit, brought by CREEC and three individuals with mobility disabilities who use wheelchairs, alleges that many hotels owned by RLJ provide transportation services to guests, but fail to provide equivalent wheelchair-accessible transportation services as required by the ADA and California state law. The lawsuit seeks only declaratory and injunctive relief: an order requiring all hotels owned by RLJ to comply with the ADA’s accessible transportation requirements. It does not seek monetary damages for the named plaintiffs or the class.”

The parties have reached a settlement, and are reaching out nationwide to people who may be members of the class affected by the lawsuit and settlement.

The people affected by this settlement, are:

All individuals who use wheelchairs or scooters for mobility who, from January 15, 2013 to January 25, 2016, have been denied the full and equal enjoyment of transportation services offered to guests at hotels owned and/or operated by RLJ because of the lack of equivalent accessible transportation services at those hotels.

The court has granted a preliminary approval of the settlement. A final approval hearing will be held on May 3, 2016 at 2:00p.m. in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California.

Full details of the lawsuit and the settlement, in addition to contact information for CREEC, are available in this notice [PDF], and on the CREEC website.