FJI & Disability Rights Florida Sue Hotel For Not Providing a Wheelchair Accessible Room

FJI, along with Disability Rights Florida, brought a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Jennifer Kern under the Florida Civil Rights Act, against the owners of the Days Inn North Beach.  Jennifer must use a wheelchair for mobility.  Early in 2013, Jennifer made a reservation at the Days Inn and even called ahead to be sure the hotel could provide her with a handicapped accessible room.  But when she arrived, she discovered she could not maneuver her wheelchair into the bathroom.  The hotel could not provide a more accessible room, and as a result, Jennifer was required to set up a makeshift toilet in the middle of the bedroom.  The lawsuit is for damages and injunctive relief to compel the hotel to bring its rooms up to code.  Hopefully, this case will be one step in ensuring that all public accommodations are fully accessible to all members of the public, including those with disabilities.

See the press coverage of this case.

The matter is now closed.

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