- Never Closed: Developments in Website Accessibility Under the ADA
- October 27, 2017 | Author: Alexander P. Fuchs
- Law Firm: Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP - New York Office
Retail & Restaurant Facility Business
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits places of public accommodation from discriminating against individuals with disabilities, including the blind and vision impaired. Since the ADA’s enactment, restaurants and retail establishments have grappled with ways to ensure that they are accessible to disabled individuals.
The steady shift in our economy from physical brick-and-mortar locations to online web-based commerce, however, has led to an expanded interpretation of the ADA that encompasses not only a business’s physical location, but also its website. This expansion has, in turn, led to a large number of private lawsuits against businesses alleging violations of the ADA for failure to maintain websites that are accessible to the blind and visually impaired, with nearly 400 lawsuits filed over the last 2 years.Given the large number of website accessibility lawsuits, businesses that maintain a web presence must understand the requirements of the ADA and ensure that their websites are ADA compliant. In their article for Retail & Restaurant Facility Business, Eversheds Sutherland attorneys Lewis Wiener and Alexander Fuchs discuss the ADA’s requirements for website accessibility and offer ADA compliance tips.