FORT LAUDERDALE – A Palm Beach County man has filed a suit against a hotel
alleging that the property owner discriminated against him and others who are similarly situated by denying access to, and full and equal enjoyment of goods and services located at the premises.
Howard Cohan filed a complaint on April 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division against Arc Hospitality Portfolio I Owner LLC, doing business as Hampton Inn Deerfield, citing violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Dec. 15, 2015, he was denied full and equal access and full and equal enjoyment of the facilities and amenities within the premises and has suffered legal harm and injury as a result of the illegal barriers. The plaintiff holds Hampton Inn Deerfield responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide a fully accessible restrooms, a passenger loading zone that was properly marked, and access to the pool.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order requiring defendant to alter the property to make it accessible to individuals with disabilities, an order directing defendants to evaluate their policies and procedures toward persons with disabilities, reasonable attorneys' fees, costs, expenses and for such other further relief as the court may deem necessary. He is represented by Gregory S. Sconzo of Kaplan Sconzo & Parker PA in Palm Beach Gardens.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division Case number 0:16-cv-60753
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