Mitigating Risk When It Comes to Website Accessibility Lawsuits

//Mitigating Risk When It Comes to Website Accessibility Lawsuits

Mitigating Risk When It Comes to Website Accessibility Lawsuits

By Brian Cole, Carothers DiSante & Frudenberger LLP 
December 11, 2018

Over the past year there has been a surge in the number of lawsuits being filed against businesses with consumer-facing websites in virtually every industry. The banking industry has been one of the industries hit the hardest, and these lawsuits are not going away any time soon. As such, it is important to understand the current requirements and law behind these lawsuits as well as the steps that can be taken to mitigate risk.

What is Website Disability Access Lawsuit?

Website disability access lawsuits (web access lawsuits) allege that a consumer-facing website is discriminatory because it contains certain barriers making it not accessible to individuals with a visual, auditory, or other disability. These web access lawsuits are being brought und Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as state non-discrimination laws such as California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.

 

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