“How the New California Accessibility Code Can Help You”

“How the New California Accessibility Code Can Help You”

“Van Accessible Parking Requirements” Part 1 in a Series An article By Steven E. Schraibman, AIA, CPE, CASp One often hears someone somewhere talking about how there are always new rules, which restrict our freedoms and limit our options. One often hears someone somewhere say “in the good old days we didn’t need all these ... Read More
ADA Compliance- Who Should Care!

ADA Compliance- Who Should Care!

There are three types of buildings in California – those that have been sued for ADA non-compliance, those that are yet to be sued and those that will get sued again. A CASp certificate goes a long way to reducing one’s exposure and it also makes business sense. Rather than a business being subjected to ... Read More
In Helping Those With Disabilities, ADA Improves Access For All

In Helping Those With Disabilities, ADA Improves Access For All

When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law 25 years ago, “everybody was thinking about the iconic person in a wheelchair,” says civil rights lawyer Sid Wolinsky. Or that the ADA — which bans discrimination based on disability — was for someone who is deaf, or blind. President George ... Read More
The Americans With Disabilities Act Is Under Attack in Congress

The Americans With Disabilities Act Is Under Attack in Congress

The House Judiciary Committee is currently considering imposing significant limitations to the ADA through the passage of the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. On July 26, 1990, George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, proclaiming, “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling ... Read More

Is your company’s website accessible to the disabled? You’d better hope so…

The Americans With Disabilities Act produced tangible benefits. Signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, the ADA banned employment discrimination against the disabled and eliminated unnecessary physical barriers to commercial and government buildings. But in the quarter-century since it was enacted, the law has also had countless unintended ... Read More
Lawyers cash in on suits demanding ADA-compliant Web sites

Lawyers cash in on suits demanding ADA-compliant Web sites

The giant real-estate firm that was once the biggest political donor in New York is being sued by US Attorney Preet Bharara for not making one of its properties disability-friendly, new court papers charge. Glenwood Management — which had ties to now disgraced and convicted ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos — has ... Read More

Watch Out: Workplace Smells, ADA Disability, Telecommuting, and an EEOC Lawsuit

Seyfarth Synopsis: According to the EEOC in this just filed lawsuit, a home care services provider in North Carolina violated federal disability rights law when it rejected telecommuting requests from an employee whose asthma and COPD “made her sensitive to workplace smells.”  Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ... Read More

27 Years of ADA!

On July 26, 2017, the Department of Justice published “27 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” a document that provides brief case highlights about the Department’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enforcement efforts this year. The document recognizes the ADA’s 27th anniversary and notes the Department’s role in advancing the ADA’s ... Read More

Omaha Steaks among companies facing ADA compliance lawsuits over websites

Legal experts are calling it the next frontier when it comes to business compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act: the Internet. Lawsuits are proliferating against business websites — civil suits citing lack of compliance with the law requiring companies to not discriminate against people with disabilities. In brick-and-mortar cases ... Read More

Cracker Barrel settles ADA federal lawsuit

PITTSBURGH — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has settled a class-action lawsuit brought by a basketball star who claimed handicapped parking spaces at some restaurants are too steep or otherwise violate federal law. Sarah Heinzl, of Pittsburgh, plays on the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team and sued in 2014. ... Read More

House Approves Disability Lawsuit Bill

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House has approved legislation designed to crack down on disability access lawsuits that opponents say are just shakedowns for quick cash settlements. The measure targets what legislators call unscrupulous attorneys who they say are exploiting businesses by finding violations with the Arizonans with Disabilities Act ... Read More
Why Claims Under Americans with Disabilities Act Are Rising

Why Claims Under Americans with Disabilities Act Are Rising

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III lawsuits are up 63 percent over 2015, according to law firm Seyfarth Shaw. ADA Title III prohibits businesses open to the public from discriminating on the basis of disability. The act applies to a variety of businesses and restaurants, including warehouses, movie theaters, ... Read More