White Marsh hotel settles with Justice Department over alleged ADA violations – NottinghamMD.com

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WHITE MARSH, MD—A White Marsh hotel has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice after it was accused of failing to make a hotel room accessible to a person with a disability.

The settlement will resolve a complaint that the owner of the Hilton Garden Inn, AHIP MD Baltimore 5015 Enterprises LLC, provided a room with a shower that was not accessible. A person with a disability and his mother had booked an accessible room, but when they tried to check in, it was unavailable.

The hotel did offer a different room, but it did not have a roll-in shower. As a result, the man with a disability had to use a shower chair that was not affixed to the wall. He was seriously injured when he slid backwards.

The complaint was investigated by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires hotels to provide accessible rooms to guests with disabilities.

“People with disabilities deserve equal access to life’s most basic necessities, such as safe access to bathrooms and showers,” said U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron for the District of Maryland. “The law protects people with disabilities who are traveling and requires that hotels provide equal access to their rooms and facilities. We appreciate the hotel’s remedial action and I encourage all hotels in the District of Maryland to review their policies and facilities to ensure they are accessible to all.”

The hotel did not admit to wrongdoing.

This article was written with the assistance of AI and reviewed by a human editor.

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