Delivering Hospitality Legal & Safety News to Your Inbox

July 2019's Converge Newsletter
Life, Liberty, and a Gluten-Free Meal
restaurant employee on phone call
July 18, 2019 via ConvergeBlog
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all aspects of life. The Act has been applied to a variety of segments of our society, including building entrance designs, website displays, and workplace accommodations. Recently, a new twist to the Act arose when a 12-year-old boy visited a Colonial Williamsburg restaurant with his classmates on a school field trip.

The case, J.D. v. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, was originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and later appealed to the 4th Cir Ct. App. No 18-1725. In J.D., a 12-year-old boy with severe Celiac disease visited a restaurant with his classmates on a school field trip to Colonial Williamsburg. J.D.’s condition was so severe that even the slightest ingestion of gluten-based foods caused severe illness. On prior occasions, other restaurants had offered J.D. gluten-free meals that accidentally or unknowingly contained trace amounts of gluten, which caused J.D.’s symptoms to flare up. Because of this, J.D.’s parents decided that when J.D. had to eat out, they would prepare J.D.’s food for him, so that he could safely and comfortably eat without incident or fear of incident. Knowing that the field trip would require J.D. to eat at a restaurant, J.D.’s father (who also attended the field trip) brought a home-prepared meal for J.D. to eat while the rest of the class ordered its meals from the restaurant menu.
HL ConvergeBlog
Follow Our Blog

Keep up with the latest and dive into all areas of hospitality news through our ConvergeBlog with new articles posted each week.

Hospitality Law 5th Edition
Purchase Textbook

Hospitality Law: Managing Legal Issues in the Hospitality Industry is a practical approach to hospitality law.

See What's New
Restaurant Billing Tray with Letter "Thank You"
Use of Surcharges and Best Tips to Avoid False Advertising and Other Consumer Claims

July 13, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

...surcharges are legal as supported by the recent court ruling. However, hospitality should implement surcharges with an eye toward prevention of any claims for consumer fraud, false advertising, unfair business practices or improper utilization of the surcharge.
Wilson Elser
eyelash viper coiled to strike
A Discussion of the Reptile Trial Strategy Through The Lens of the Erin Andrews v. Marriott International Lawsuit

July 11, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

Utilizing the Reptile Trial Strategy requires presenting each case in a way that shifts each juror’s brain into survival mode and motivates each juror to decide a case in a way that will reduce or eliminate the danger, thereby protecting himself, his family, and the community.
Hagwood & Tipton
The Recent Rise Of Predictive Scheduling Laws: Emerging Strategies In An Evolving Area
July 1, 2019 via Fisher Phillips

For decades, the problem of scheduling has plagued employers and employees alike. Employees prefer predictable and reliable schedules, while employers need flexibility. To address this tension, regulators have recently begun to pass predictive scheduling laws that seek to strike a tenuous balance between these interests. Given the recent rise in popularity of these laws, it is important for you to understand what these laws are, where you are most likely to encounter them, and what steps you can take to make sure you’re abreast of the most up-to-date compliance strategies.
Fisher Phillips
The Hospitality Law Conference: Series 2.0 -
Washington DC
Copyright © 2019, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in at

Our mailing address is:
2450 Louisiana, Ste. 400-416
Houston, TX 77006

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

The articles included in this newsletter are subject to's Terms Of Use.


Email Marketing by ActiveCampaign