U.S. Attorney to review casinos’ compliance with Disabilities Act

NEWARK – N.J. U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Wednesday that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has commenced a review of a number of hotels and casinos in Atlantic City to determine whether they are being operated in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by private entities that own or operate places of public accommodation – which the law defines to include, among other establishments, resorts, hotels, conference centers and casinos. 

The ADA authorizes the Department of Justice to investigate complaints and to undertake periodic reviews of compliance of  covered entities, the Attorney’s Office said in a release.

Asked if any specific complaint had prompted the review, Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Rebekah Carmichael said Wednesday that “While the Department does periodically receive complaints of this type, we are not making any allegations of noncompliance at this stage.  Rather, this is the first step in a review process designed to ensure compliance with the law.”

U.S. Attorney to review casinos’ compliance with Disabilities Act