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Public Accommodation & Housing

Miles & Stockbridge's labor and employment lawyers have substantial experience in advising and defending clients on issues related to the public accommodation requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and the Fair Housing Act ("FHA"). These laws, along with their state counterparts, prohibit discrimination in the provision of goods and services and place numerous affirmative burdens on business owners and operators, landlords, builders, developers, architects, and others with respect to the accessibility of places of public accommodation and housing.

We regularly advise clients on policies and procedures to ensure that their facilities are compliant with federal and state disability laws. We also work with our clients and various experts to ensure that their facilities meet the structural requirements of the ADA and the FHA. This includes accessibility of both physical locations, and more recently, websites and other electronic methods of conducting business. In addition, we regularly provide clients with training on the FHA and ADA to ensure that their employees are aware of and compliant with the law.

In addition to advising clients, we have defended owners and operators of public accommodations against lawsuits and government investigations alleging disability discrimination. For example, we secured summary judgment for a major financial services client in one of the first cases to recognize an exemption to the ADA's public accommodation requirements. With respect to the FHA, we defended a large multi-housing client in a case brought by a tenant under the Fair Housing Act, alleging, among other things, lack of wheelchair accessibility and failure to provide reasonable accommodation.