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Websites are the next frontier of ADA compliance

Since 1990, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has required places of public accommodation to meet certain standards for accessibility by persons with disabilities. The traditional definition of “places of public accommodation” – stores, schools, offices, etc. – has largely remained unchanged since the ADA’s enactment. However, ... Read More

Op-Ed 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
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