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Case Name Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center v. Ashford Hospitality Trust DR-CA-0054
Docket / Court 4:15-cv-00216 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Case Summary
On January 15, 2015, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), along with two individuals brought this action against Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. Ashford operates 15 hotels in the state of California, as well as many hotels elsewhere in the United States. Plaintiffs alleged that ... read more >
On January 15, 2015, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), along with two individuals brought this action against Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. Ashford operates 15 hotels in the state of California, as well as many hotels elsewhere in the United States. Plaintiffs alleged that Ashford violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and California's Unruh Civil Rights Act by failing to provide wheelchair accessible vehicles at its hotels.

The two individual plaintiffs both require wheelchairs for mobility. They explained that were deterred from staying at Ashford's hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area by Ashford's lack of wheelchair accessible shuttle services. Both plaintiffs stated that they hoped to stay at Ashford's hotels in the future and that they would do so if they learn that Ashford does provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Plaintiffs brought the action on behalf of a class defined as individuals who rely on wheelchairs or scooters for mobility and have been, or will be, denied full and equal enjoyment of Ashford's services because of the lack of accessible transportation services at Ashford's hotels. Additionally, Plaintiffs requested a permanent injunction requiring Ashford to comply with the two aforementioned statutes.

As of March 15, 2015, the case is ongoing.

Spencer Klein - 02/22/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Transportation
Disability
Mobility impairment
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Access to public accommodations - privately owned
Reasonable Accommodations
Transportation
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action State law
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Ashford Hospitality Trust
Plaintiff Description Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center is an organization that, among other things, works to ensure that persons with disabilities participate in our nation's civic life without discrimination. The two individual plaintiffs are CREEC members who require wheelchair accessible vehicles. The proposed class consists of individuals who use wheelchairs or scooters for mobility who have been, or will be, denied full equal enjoyment of defendant's hotels.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing DR-CA-0052 : Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center v. RLJ Lodging Trust (N.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0053 : Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center v. Hospitality Properties Trust (N.D. Cal.)
Docket(s)
4:15-cv-00216 (N.D. Cal.) 02/13/2015
DR-CA-0054-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint For Declaratory And Injunctive Relief 01/15/2015
DR-CA-0054-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Ryu, Donna Miae Court not on record
DR-CA-0054-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Benham-Baker, Hillary Jo (California)
DR-CA-0054-0001 | DR-CA-0054-9000
Campins, Julia (California)
DR-CA-0054-0001 | DR-CA-0054-9000
Davidson, Joshua (California)
DR-CA-0054-0001 | DR-CA-0054-9000
Fox, Timothy Patrick (Colorado)
DR-CA-0054-0001 | DR-CA-0054-9000
Lee, Bill Lann (California)
DR-CA-0054-0001 | DR-CA-0054-9000
Morris, Sarah (Colorado)
DR-CA-0054-0001 | DR-CA-0054-9000
Wilensky, Julie H. (California)
DR-CA-0054-0001 | DR-CA-0054-9000
Williams, Kevin William (Colorado)
DR-CA-0054-0001 | DR-CA-0054-9000
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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