If you own a small business in California, you know how difficult it can be to ensure that you are compliant with various laws and regulations. One of the most important issues for you to consider is your compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Failure to adhere to ADA standards could result in costly lawsuits and legal complications.
Parking is an issue for most people on a good day. For those who have disabilities requiring parking compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it can be an issue every day. This is why your business's parking lot must accommodate those with disabilities.
Are you looking at that question and wondering why you haven't heard about ADA compliant websites before? That's because there are no real instructions or standards for you to follow. That doesn't mean that some controversy or truth to making websites usable by those who have disabilities doesn't exist.
As drive-by ADA lawsuits continue to punish small business owners, you may be scrambling to determine what must be done to your property to avoid any expensive court proceedings or fines. There are often rumors of buildings being “grandfathered in” with regard to ADA compliance, and you may have heard these rumors. They may give you the impression that if you have been in business for thirty years or longer, all these rules simply don't apply and you are protected. Unfortunately, those are just rumors.
More and more so-called “drive-by” lawsuits are being filed across the country against small businesses, citing a lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. These lawsuits earned their name due to the plaintiffs’ practice of driving around town and taking a picture of an accessibility violation and then filing a complaint with the courts. The plaintiffs literally "drive by" and attempt to collect cash based on nothing more than a photograph.