No business today is immune from litigation. The SBA admits on its website that the impact of litigation on businesses goes well beyond the purely financial impact of legal fees and damages. Litigation isn’t limited to financial loss, but also substantial emotional hardship and often changes the tone of the business. Forever.
Over the last 14 years, website owners have been sued by groups for failure to meet ADA standards. Signed into law in 1990 by President George Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t just pertain to commercial bathrooms or city sidewalks.
A number of clients have turned to Unleaded for help after being sued for failure to meet the ADA’s promise of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations and in commercial facilities, Title III. In 2006, a district judge ruled that “the Target.com website is heavily integrated with the brick-and-mortar stores and operates in many ways as a gateway to the stores.” Bottom line: ADA protections would extend to the website.
In 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand a lower court ruling that opened the door for blind people to sue Dominos.com for not making its website accessible. The lower court ruled that the ADA not only applies for making a company’s brick-and-mortar establishments accessible to disabled people, but covers their online properties, as well.
Earlier this year, industry watchdogs analyzed 1 million-plus home pages of both large and small companies finding that they failed to meet all the recommended requirements of website accessibility for disabled people.
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Contact Unleaded Software today for a review of your website’s needs to comply with ADA requirements.