Course Descriptions

HSP 211 - Hospitality Law

3 Credits

A study of the laws impacting the hospitality industry. Topics include An Introduction to Law, Court Systems, Civil Rights Law, Employment Law, Contracts, Torts, Regulations Governing the Sale of Food and Alcohol, Responsibility for Guests' Property, Legal Rights of Innkeepers and Restaurateurs, and Casino Law. Fall Semester only. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the different jurisdiction of the various courts in New York State and the federal court system and discuss the stages of a lawsuit
2. Identify what constitutes discrimination in employment and describe remedial action an employer can take when faced with allegations of employment discrimination, and thereby limit liability. Recognize that discrimination in access to places of public accommodation (hotels, restaurants, bars, amusement parks, etc.) is illegal and can result in liability. Describe remedial action a company can take when faced with allegations of discrimination in services provided (or not provided) and thereby limit liability
3. Identify conditions on the premises of their employer that could result in accidents, and understand the importance of remedying those circumstances, and thereby limit the circumstances under which a facility will incur legal liability. Describe the legal consequences of serving defective food. State what is legal and not legal in the sale of alcohol, and thereby avoid liability.
4. Create an enforceable contract. Describe remedies available if a contracting party fails to perform obligations under the contract
5. Discuss when a hospitality facility is and not is liable when guests' property is lost or stolen while on the premises
6. Define what constitutes a copyright, understand the types of activity that will lead to liability for infringing another's copyright and thereby avoid liability
7. Define what constitutes a trademark, understand the types of activity that will result in liability for infringing another's trademark, and know when one's own trademark has been infringed, and thereby limit liability and limit dilution of one's own trademark
8. State the circumstances under which an innkeeper can legally evict a guest and understand legal and nonlegal procedures for carrying out an eviction
9. Explain what is a crime and how to pursue a criminal prosecution in the event a hospitality facility is the victim of a crime
10. Identify miscellaneous regulations relevant to the operation of hospitality facilities to ensure compliance with the law

Course Offered Fall and Spring

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Fall Semester 2017
Intersession 2018
Spring Semester 2018