Wondering what ADA compliance means? ADA stands for Americans Disabilities Act and is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life (websites included), including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
From global brands to small local businesses, many with a website are starting to feel the looming threat of web accessibility lawsuits. According to analysis by Seyfarth Shaw, more than 11,000 ADA Title III lawsuits were filed in federal courts in 2019, a 400% increase compared to just six years earlier.
High profile web accessibility lawsuits include cases against Domino’s, Winn-Dixie and even Beyoncé Knowles. These well known, and very different, groups make such legal actions top-of-mind, both for businesses and those seeking to bring them to court. The number of cases being settled out of court, and outside the news, are far greater.
It’s not just big corporations being targeted. Colorado Bag & Baggage was forced to pay a plaintiff $4,000 in damages plus up to $100,000 in the plaintiff’s legal fees. Whisper Restaurant and Lounge in Los Angeles were also required to pay a plaintiff $4,000, after the court rejected their assertion that the website is not a “place of public accommodation,” and therefore should not fall under ADA regulations.
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