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Ms. Creighton

Myra Creighton

Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Myra Creighton is a partner in Fisher & Phillips LLP's Atlanta office. Her practice in labor and employment law primarily focuses on advising clients concerning their obligations to employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, ensuring their policies and procedures are consistent with both these laws and defending clients against employee claims alleging violations of the ADA and FMLA. She also counsels and defends clients concerning Title VII, ADEA, and GINA issues that arise in the workplace. Ms. Creighton routinely presents seminars, webinars, and training programs on ADA and FMLA topics such as Substance Abuse under the ADA, Managing the Medical Certification Process under the FMLA, Controlling Intermittent Leave under the FMLA, Reasonable Accommodation and the Interactive Process Under the ADA, and Medical Examinations and Inquiries under the ADA. Ms. Creighton authored the chapter entitled "Mental Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act" in the treatise, Mental and Emotional Injuries in Employment Litigation, Second Edition, published by the Bureau of National Affairs in 2001, and the 2006 and 2008 Supplements to the chapter. Ms. Creighton co-authored "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Employee Assistance Programs As Sources of Liability," 24 Employee Relations Law Journal 79 (1998); and "Mental Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Management Rights Approach," 20 Employee Relations Law Journal 541 (1995), as well as multiple other articles on ADA topics. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips LLP in 1993, Ms. Creighton was a law clerk for Judge Duross Fitzpatrick of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Ms. Creighton can be contacted at 404-240-4285 or mcreighton@laborlawyers.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.