Making Your Website ADA Accessible is More Important Than Ever

Accessibility of websites affects employment practices as well, particularly as employers are switching to online employment applications. If an employer’s online application is inaccessible, the employer may face an ADA claim that its practices exclude individuals with disabilities from employment... Employers are well advised to take action now to make their application process accessible to those with disabilities.

What You Need to Know

  • The court reasoned that the ADA applies to more than simply physical access to businesses
  • Courts are finding that even if a business operates only online, it is not immune from coverage under the ADA
  • The recent uptick in litigation suggests that private businesses may wish to reconsider the wait-and-see approach
    • The reach of the ADA has been expanded beyond the four walls of a brick-and-mortar building and are now well into cyberspace

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From Akerman, LLP's HR Defense Blog

Akerman LLP - HR Defense - Shayla Waldon

April 19 2016

Even though the deadline for creating accessibility standards has been pushed back to 2018, private businesses are at risk now if they have not yet taken measures to ensure that their websites can be accessed by individuals with disabilities. In fact, just last month a blind man in California successfully argued that a Colorado-based luggage retailer failed to make its commercial website accessible to the visually impaired in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and a California disability law. In Davis v. BMI/BND Travelware, Case. No. CIV-DS-1504682, the court granted judgment to the plaintiff before trial, finding that he “presented sufficient evidence that he was denied full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, privileges, and accommodations offered by Defendant because of his disability.”

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