May 23, 2007

Setting Precedents for Inclusive Travel: Booking for Discrimination

OK, time to scratch our heads and ask, "Why didn't I think of this?"

Read about the commonsense lawsuit against by Bonnie Lewkowicz and Judith Smith here:

Kevin Knestrick, attorney with Disability Rights Advocates, a law firm based in Berkeley that specializes in high-impact lawsuits on behalf of people with disabilities, said, "The failure to guarantee accessible hotel rooms means that a person in a wheelchair who pays for a room through literally might not be able to enter the room after they arrive at the hotel."

Knestrick alleged, " is excluding people with mobility disabilities from its services. This is hostility to disabled and elderly people, not hospitality."

Knestrick said won't guarantee that a wheelchair-accessible room will in fact be available but instead treats accessibility as an optional "amenity" like a king-sized bed.

Posted by rollingrains at May 23, 2007 11:58 PM