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December 17, 2019 via ConvergeBlog
Jennifer is committed to the leadership track and loves her career and company. She has two kids and loves being a mom and her life is set up to accommodate family and career. When I met her, she was torn, but leaning toward leaving her firm for another offer. But, unlike many others, her company didn’t lose her to a "better offer."

We lose too many female lawyers and we lose them when they have been trained, gained experience, and become most valuable. reports that there are now 1.1 women in law school for each man. In the world of hospitality real estate, for every woman who is a Chief Legal Officer or General Counsel there are 3.2 men as of 2019, according to the Castell Project report "Women in Hospitality Industry Leadership 2020" (free to download at For comparison, there are now 2.8 male Fortune 500 general counsels for each female.

The pace of change for women has been slower among employed attorneys than in law schools and Jennifer’s story illustrates part of the reason.
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Veterans Turned Away Because Of Service Animals: Lessons You Can Learn

December 19, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced settlements with two hotel properties to resolve complaints under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) involving service animals.
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Multiple Lawsuits Allege Major Hotel Cos. Failed to Prevent U.S. Sex Trafficking

December 13, 2019 via Business Travel News

At least two federal lawsuits and one motion to consolidate 21 existing cases were filed Dec. 9 on behalf of women claiming they were sexually trafficked at hotels and that the hotel companies knew this behavior was happening and profited from it.
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Woman Sues Line Hotel’s Owners for $3 Million After Falling Down Hotel Stairs
December 3, 2019 via Washington City Paper

A Florida woman is suing the owners of Adams Morgan’s Line hotel for a total of $3 million after she says she fell down a staircase and broke her hip inside the hotel last August.

The lawsuit centers around the oft-photographed stairways one sees immediately upon entering the hotel. According to the lawsuit, the woman fell when the handrails ended just before the last few steps of the stairs.
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