Monthly Archives December 2015

Hyatt hotels hit by credit-card-stealing malware

At this time, it is not clear how many customers have been affected by the hack. Hyatt Hotels, the fourth major hotel operator to warn of a breach since October, is the latest company hit by hackers. Hackers were successful in breaching its network, accessing the payment processing system and possibly stealing guest payment card information. shares the story.

The US Hyatt Hotel chain has said that its payment processing system was infected with credit-card-stealing malware in an attack discovered three weeks ago, the latest in a series of breaches at hospitality firms.

Company spokeswoman Stephanie Sheppard said that the attack was discovered on 30 November.

She did not say if the attackers succeeded in stealing payment card numbers, how long its network was infected or how man...

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Restaurant pays $3K in service dog settlement

A service animal is not a pet. The only time a service animal can be excluded from public accommodations is if it is out of control and the handler is unable to regain control or when the service animal is not house broken. Another important ADA fact to know is an individual with a service animal may not be segregated from other customers. A WAPT News publication shares an example of what not to do when a service animal is involved.

U.S. attorney says woman’s civil rights violated

HATTIESBURG, Miss. —The U.S. attorney in Jackson said a Hattiesburg restaurant will pay $3,000 for telling a woman that she and her service dog had to leave, then seating them in a corner.

Gregory Davis said in a news release Monday that the Grand China Buffet Restaurant will pay $2,500 to Vickie Kill...

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EXCLUSIVE: Former NYC Hilton worker gets $250G for age bias

Employers cannot discriminate against employees based on age! At the age of 64 and a career of more than thirty years, Khan found himself looking for a new job.  For more than three decades before the Blackstone Group bought Hilton New York Hotel, Khan received nothing but “glowing reviews”. With new management in house, his reviews changed from top of the line to unsatisfactory. Was it truly his performance or did age play a factor in his dismissal? Manhatten Daily News, Christina Carrega-Woodby reveals the outcome.

A Manhattan jury awarded a 64-year-old former New York Hilton employee $250,000 when they found the Midtown hotel guilty of age discrimination, the Daily News has learned.

Mohammad Khan was 61 in 2012 when his employers forced him to resign and replaced him with two ...

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Disgruntled Guest Rams Truck Into Oklahoma Hotel Desk, Just Missing Two Women

Angry guest – we’ve all had them! No matter how irrational a guest may be, it is typically best to error on the side of caution and sympathize with the customer. An irate guest can be very dangerous! NBC News, M. Alex Johnson, reveals a classic example below.

An angry man rammed his pickup truck through the lobby and into the front desk of an Oklahoma hotel as two women dive for safety at the last second.

John Edward Parsley, 62, of Gonzalez, Texas, was held on $1 million bond Monday night in the Woods County Jail on two felony counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of malicious injury to property valued at more than $1,000, according to court records.

The incident occurred Thursday in the town of Alva, about 110 miles northwest of Oklahoma City...

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Overtime Changes are Coming: Will You be Ready?

Over 60% of businesses may be affected by the proposed new overtime protections. The regulations propose to increase the salary threshold needed to qualify for overtime exemption impacting as many as 15 million workers who may soon be entitled to overtime wages. The change is designed to raise income levels, particularly for women, minorities and less educated workers. JD Supra & Michelman & Robinson, LLP outline important questions every employer should consider now along with the steps you should take to be prepared.

Overtime Changes are Coming: Will You be Ready?

On June 30, 2015, the U.S...

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WA Hotel Fined Nearly $100,000 for Worker Safety and Health Violations

Workers Compensation injuries are typically an indication of leadership failure. It appears that this company struggles immensely with keeping its workers safe. By knowingly refusing to correct hazardous and preventable situations, The Chehalis Inn & Suites, has continued to expose its employees to dangerous risks. The hotel was recently fined for several serious offenses including four “repeat-serious” violations found two years prior during inspection. recounts the details.

Tumwater, WA ( – The Chehalis Inn & Suites has been fined $97,810 for worker safety and health violations including exposing employees to infectious diseases, corrosive chemicals and carcinogenic asbestos.

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) cited the hot...

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EEOC’s 2015 guidance on pregnancy accommodation and leave

Women may be able to prove pregnancy discrimination if an employer’s leave and light duty policies accommodate a larger percentage of non-pregnant workers than they do pregnant employees. Employer’s should review their policies and consider accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth and any related medical conditions. BLR, Susan Schoenfeld, outlines “best practices” for accommodations and leave policies.

In addition, to addressing the issue of light duty and accommodation, the EEOC’s guidance also spends a considerable amount of time addressing leave as a form of pregnancy accommodation.

The EEOC’s 2015 guidance reiterates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)’s rule that an employer may not compel an employee to take leave because she is pregnant, as long as she i...
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Judge dismisses two ADA lawsuits; no fees awarded to Cohen

Fed up with abusive practices by some greedy or overzealous so-called advocates of the ADA? We have all seen some deplorable misuse of this statue in the hands of certain plaintiffs and attorneys who literally file dozens of cases at a time leading us to believe that these suits are less about ensuring access for those with disabilities and more about a fee-driven profitable industry. Courts and federal judges alike have had enough. Federal Judges dismiss two ADA lawsuits filed against two Florida Keys properties. The Citizen, Mandy Miles, reports.

Federal judges recently dismissed lawsuits that claimed two Florida Keys properties had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In the orders dismissing the cases, Judges Jose Martinez and Jonathan Goodman also refused to award attorn...

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Hotel Impossible’s Anthony Melchiorri Revisits the MGM Grand Fire of Nov. 21, 1980

544 firefighters fought the blaze…87 people lost their lives, including 14 firefighters, and over 700 others suffered injuries during the MGM Grand Fire of November 21, 1980. Although great strides have been made in fire-safety since that dark day in November of 1980, much more can and needs to be done, and there is much more to be learned by many. Fire-safety should be a top concern at all hotels across the United States as well as around the globe. Naples Herald, Gary Levine, shares an insightful, must read interview with Hotel Impossible’s Anthony Melchiorri.

The fire was allegedly the result of improper installation of a pastry refrigeration case.  The unit was, in essence, a walk-in refrigerator and, due to inefficient installation, the case tended to pulsate...

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