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Atlantic City Hotels Settle Claims Over Disabilities Law

Five Atlantic City hotels that allegedly were not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act have reached settlements with federal officials.

The settlements announced this week culminate a review that lasted nearly five years. It also comes as the officials mark the 25th anniversary of the law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by private entities that own or operate places of public accommodation.

Federal officials say the businesses that reached settlements include Resorts Casino Hotel; the Tropicana Casino and Resort; the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel; The Rainforest Café at the former Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal, according to a news release.

The agreements require the businesses to fix any violations, so people with disabilities will have full access to those facilities. That includes ensuring that they may reserve an accessible guest room online; that parking is accessible (including by providing van-accessible spaces) and that guest rooms and services — such as buffets, restaurants and bars and public restrooms — are ADA compliant.

The settlements also require each business to implement and/or amend its ADA disability rights policies and provide training to its staff regarding the law's provisions.

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