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Mr. Hunt

John R. Hunt

Attorney, Stokes Wagner Hunt Martez & Terrell, ALC

John Hunt has litigated employment, labor and commercial law cases in over 75 federal and state courts throughout the United States. A substantial portion of this work has been devoted to the defense of businesses in the hospitality and restaurant industries. In addition to representing clients at trials, arbitrations and mediations, he provides counseling and advice on a variety of issues, including those involving, wage and hour requirements, employment discrimination, restrictive covenants, family and medical leave, union relations, contract negotiations and the preparation and implementation of personnel policies.

At Stokes Wagner, Mr. Hunt works to provide early, practical assessments of the pros and cons of each case and its potential economic and emotional consequences. Once this occurs, he and his team try to implement the best strategy to win at trial (or sooner) or resolve the dispute in other ways, including through mediation or arbitration. They follow the same approach in counseling and advice where they use their experience in the hospitality industry and with its unique labor and employment issues to identify the best and most practical solutions as quickly as possible.

A regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars, Mr. Hunt also helped the firm serve as general counsel to the Georgia Hospitality and Trial Association. Mr. Hunt's practice has included work for Interstate Hotels, Radisson Hotels, Swiss Hotels, TGI Friday's, Rare Hospitality Buena Vista Hospitality Group, Four Seasons Hotels, The Georgia Aquarium, Outback Steakhouse, Ted's Montana Grill, the Krystal Company, Chubb Insurance, and Liberty Insurance Company.

Mr. Hunt received his J.D. from the College of William & Mary, his B.S., magna cum laude from Boston University and his B.A., magna cum laude from Boston University.

Please visit http://www.stokeswagner.com for more information.

Mr. Hunt can be contacted at +1 404-766-0076 or jhunt@stokeswagner.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.