Bainbridge Island, WA asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Washington

Q: I was discriminated against at a Motel because I have a service dog.

After paying for a room, providing them a credit card for incidentals and being issued my room keys. The clerk at the front counter told me that I could not have the room because of my service dog. She told me that I must be put in a room specifically for dogs. I informed her it is against federal law for her to do that. I even offered to show her the law. She refused to let me even show her the law. Though not required, I even showed her my state issued ID card for my Disabled car placard to re assure her that I have a disability and that I am not just anyone claiming their dog to be a service dog. She still insisted that I go in the special room. My wife and I needed a place to sleep that night, so we just did it.

A few minutes later, while getting the rest of my bags out of the car, she told me that the room she put me in was going to be an additional $10 more than what I had already paid for the additional room. This is the third time this has happen to me and I am tired of it.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Your frustration is understandable, but the time and resources you might expend in pressing the matter will far exceed a few $10 overpayments. You could consult with a Washington attorney to discuss options, but it isn't likely to be a free initial consultation. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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