We help render your website and web content "ADA Compliant" which can save you tens of thousands in lawsuit Legal Expenses & Court Mandated Damages !
Why do you need to make your website ADA Compliant?
Here is what the US AntiDiscrimination Act says:
"Websites who do not meet WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standards can be fined up to $50,000 for a first violation and $100,000 for a second, and even more for compensation of damages. Businesses must accommodate those with disabilities in all their web content! (This is U.S. based, but affects any site that is displayed to a US audience.")
And here is what a "sharp lawyer" might see:
"All I need is ONE person who has any kind of disability, make them my client, and then I can sue any company, any time, and anywhere, simply by claiming my client could not properly access & use their website. I simply make a screenshot of the website and date it, and I have a case that I cannot lose. And……the defendant company will be responsible for MY Attorney fees."
Think this is all "Internet Paranoia"? Think this will never happen to you? Think Again…..
According to document records, this attorney from Boca Raton, Fl, has filed over 566 lawsuits for Website Non-Compliancy against companies large and small.
Kayla Reed, who is a visually impaired resident of Montana, has retained the same law firm from California to initiate more than 36 ADA Lawsuits. That her Law Firm is NOT a local attorney from Montana, is no surprise!
Hooters has twice been taken to court over Website ADA Compliance issues. They lost the first and were sued again while they were updating their website to conform!
Fast Food Companies
Dominoes Pizza is currently embroiled in an ADA Lawsuit by a blind man claiming that he was unable to order food through the mobile app and website
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has been embroiled in this controversial legal situation. Harvard University has, as well.
Online Streaming Companies
HULU recently entered into an expensive settlement agreement with the the American Council of the Blind that successfully avoided the potential of litigation.
KMart is the most famous defendent in one of 355 Lawsuits filed by the exact same NY area Law Firm within the last 12 months.
Beyonce has been hit with a class action ADA Non-Compliancy lawsuit by a visually-impaired woman who claimed that she was unable to access key features of the site , Beyonce.com
Besides the threat of legal action, and avoiding the financial disadvantages of an expensive legal settlement, making your website ADA Compliant is truly the "Right Thing" to do.
Demonstrate to your customers, prospects, and fellow community businesses that you offer equal access to those with disabilities, and that you are a leader in the efforts to promote advanced awareness for those who tolerate physical disabilities. People with disabilities need to deal with issues on a day to day basis that we would never anticipate, or can never truly understand. And taking one small step that might make one little part of their day a bit easier to deal with, is a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things, isn't it?
So what makes a website an "ADA Compliant Website "?
The little logo on the left does. See it in action, then order yours !
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No one is safe from an ADA Compliance Lawsuit. Franchises, Service Businesses, Restaurants, Hotels, Organizations, Ecommerce Stores, & Personal Sites have all been sued.
A Large Multi State Corporation
Recently, a Florida District Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff in Juan Carlos Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., saying the store’s website was in violation of Title III of the ADA. It ordered the store to bring its website into compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). While a number of prior cases had been brought under the ADA to challenge the accessibility of websites, this was the first to actually go to trial. Earlier cases had always been settled or dropped due to negotiated settlement prior to actual trial. Significantly, it is the first decision to hold, after a full and expensive trial, that a public accommodation violated Title III of the ADA by having an inaccessible website. To the extent that businesses are considering whether to settle or litigate these cases, this decision makes the possibility of an adverse verdict much more real, and settlement the highly preferred outcome. Also significantly, the court held Winn-Dixie responsible for the entire website’s lack of accessibility even though parts of the website were built and maintained by third party vendors. In other words, you can't blame it on your webmaster, hosting company……or anyone else.
A Tiny 10 Room Family Owned Boutique Hotel
The small, quaint, 10 room boutique Avanti Hotel in California is known for its poolside, dog-friendly rooms. Like thousands of other businesses in the United States, they have been sued because it hasn’t fully complied with the 1990 law that requires public places to be accessible to people with disabilities. But Avanti isn’t being accused of failing to build a wheelchair ramp or install handrails — instead, the lawsuit contends that the hotel’s website can’t be used by people who have problems seeing or hearing. Fixing the site would cost about $3,000, which hotel manager Jim Rutledge said he is willing to pay. But the lawsuit demands the hotel also pay damages to the plaintiff, and Rutledge said his lawyers advise him that he may have to settle for between $8,000 and $13,000. “I would really like to fight it, but it just comes down to finances,” he said, estimating that he could be forced to pay up to $25,000 in damages, and with added lawyer fees the total could potentially exceed $50,000 if he fights the suit and loses. The lawsuit against Rutledge’s hotel was filed by Manning Law in Newport Beach. The plaintiff was Kayla Reed, who is described as a resident of Montana. Manning Law has filed 355 ADA cases with Reed listed as Plaintiff.