Ashford Hotel Transportation Services settlement hearing to be held in March

man in wheelchair uses van rampThe Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, CREEC, of Denver, Colorado, has a class action lawsuit pending against Ashford Hospitality Trust.

The suit addresses the accessibility of Ashford hotel transportation services, under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to the CREEC website, “Ashford owns approximately 125 hotels located in 20 states. The lawsuit, brought by CREEC and two individuals with mobility disabilities who use wheelchairs, alleges that many hotels owned by Ashford provide transportation services to guests, but fail to provide equivalent wheelchair-accessible transportation services as required by the ADA and California state law.”

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

The people affected by this settlement, are:

All individuals with disabilities who use wheelchairs or scooters for mobility who, from January 15, 2013 to December 10, 2015, have been denied the full and equal enjoyment of transportation services offered to guests at Hotels owned and/or operated by Ashford because of the lack of equivalent accessible transportation services at those Hotels.

The court will hold a hearing on the final approval of the settlement in this lawsuit. The hearing will be held on March 10, 2016 at 11:00a.m. in the courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu in Oakland, California.

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