Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), "public accommodations" — including privately owned businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, theaters, concert halls, and sports facilities — are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. Title III requires these businesses to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed.
In September, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a final rule amending regulations implementing Titles II and III of the ADA, effective March 15, 2011. Among the changes public accommodations that are covered by Title III should be aware of: a new definition of "service animal."
Previously, a service animal was defined as "any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for t...(register to read more)