NCA Connect: ADA Lawsuit Calls Club's Private Status into Question

Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015

ADA Lawsuit Calls Club's Private Status into Question

A complaint was filed in federal court in Massachusetts in November by well-known former local sportscaster Robert Lobel against a local club at which the plaintiff is NOT a member. The lawsuit, Robert Lobel v. Woodland Golf Club of Auburndale, is based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and claims that the club (where he is a frequent guest) should allow him to use a “specialized handicapped golf cart” on the club’s golf course, specifically including on its greens and in bunkers. Lobel also alleges violations of Massachusetts’ Civil Rights Act, Equal Rights Act and public accommodation laws.

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