Disabling Travel: Quantifying the Harm of Inaccessible Hotels to Disabled People

70 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2023 Last revised: 31 Aug 2023

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Kristen Popham

Columbia Law School - Columbia Law School

Elizabeth F. Emens

Columbia Law School

Jasmine Harris

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Date Written: August 9, 2023

Abstract

During its 2023–2024 term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide a case with significant implications for the future of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Acheson Hotels v. Laufer, the Court will determine whether a civil rights “tester” plaintiff has Article III standing to sue a hotel for failing to provide information about the hotel’s accessibility online — in violation of Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations applying the ADA’s requirement of “reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures” — when the plaintiff did not intend to book a hotel reservation. Plaintiff-Respondent Deborah Laufer has not only challenged the failure of Acheson Hotels to provide required information, but has also filed over 600 similar lawsuits, showcasing system-wide violations of the ADA’s “Reservation Rule.”

Keywords: disability, law & society, Americans with Disabilities Act, public accommodations, disability law

Suggested Citation

Popham, Kristen and Emens, Elizabeth F. and Harris, Jasmine, Disabling Travel: Quantifying the Harm of Inaccessible Hotels to Disabled People (August 9, 2023). 55 COLUM. HUM. RTS. L. REV. F. 1 (2023)., U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 23-30, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4541041

Kristen Popham (Contact Author)

Columbia Law School - Columbia Law School ( email )

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Elizabeth F. Emens

Columbia Law School ( email )

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New York, NY 10025
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Jasmine Harris

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School ( email )

3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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