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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 May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.