Motel 6 Agrees To Improve Access
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 20, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC--Travelers with disabilities should notice improvements in accessibility at the nation's Motel 6 budget accommodations over the next 2 1/2 years under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
The details of the agreement, which settles allegations that Motel 6 violated the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, were announced in a Justice Department statement released August 12. The statement did not include any details about specific allegations.
Under the settlement, Motel 6 Operating L.P. agreed to bring its 600 motels into compliance with the ADA by December 31, 2006.
The company will also hire a full-time ADA compliance officer, provide ADA training to all managers at its hotels, and hire an independent consultant to assess how Motel 6 complies with the agreement.
If Motel 6 fails to "achieve substantial compliance" with the ADA in the time-frame of the agreement, it will have to pay $110,000 in civil penalties to the United States, the statement read.
Motel 6 is owned by Accor SA, the world's fourth-largest hotel company. Accor North America, based in Dallas, Texas, operates Motel 6 along with hundreds of other hotels in the U.S. and Canada.