The decision to venture into the restaurant business can be an exciting one. After all, you are looking forward to creating employment opportunities, serving the best dishes and making a meaningful contribution to your community.
But like any other business, a lot goes into running a restaurant business, legally speaking. One of the regulatory requirements you need to meet when setting up your restaurant is the American Disability Act (ADA). This regulation applies to establishments with 15 or more staff, government agencies and public businesses.
Understanding ADA regulations
The American Disability Act (ADA) of 1990 is a civil law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in public areas like your restaurant. Failure to comply with ADA regulations can result in serious penalties.
Besides staying on the right side of the law, here are some of the benefits you can realise when you ensure that your restaurant is ADA-compliant:
Financial assistance and tax benefits – keeping your restaurant ADA-compliant comes with tax write-offs that can save your business thousands of dollars. Still, there are significant tax benefits that you may be eligible for if you implement alterations that make your restaurant more accessible, and this can be beneficial to your business.
A positive brand image – wouldn’t it be great if everyone (or most people) talk positively about your restaurant? Well, besides the great food, going the extra mile to make your business accessible to people with disabilities will certainly paint your brand in a good light. This can also help you build good relations with your community.
Avoid costly lawsuits – ADA compliance will save you from costly lawsuits. Everyone has a right to protection from all forms of discrimination, and ensuring that your restaurant is compliant with ADA regulations will not only save you from costly lawsuits but litigation time too.
Protecting your investment
Beyond the great food, there is an undeniable ethical obligation to treat your employees and customers with dignity. Making your restaurant ADA-compliant can go a long way in ensuring that you run a successful restaurant that complies with the law.