If you own a business in California, you understand the importance of taking steps to ensure your company is ADA compliant. From wheelchair accessibility to the design of your website, there are various factors that business owners have to consider in order to make sure their store meets standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Karlin Law Firm has seen a tidal wave of hotel ADA "website" lawsuits. This is occuring in the name of private litigants claiming the websites do not provide enough information about "accessible features" of the hotel. Unlike other hotel guests who would simply call the hotel to ask about features of the hotel that may not appear on a hotel's website, these ADA Plaintiffs Sue First and Ask Questions Later.
As you know, running a medical facility, such as a hospital or doctor's office, whether in California or elsewhere, has similarities to running other businesses. As such, it is subject to various state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While meeting the ADA's criteria requires an initial outlay of funds, it helps medical facilities provide accessibility to care for every member of the public and helps avoid legal issues in the future.
The Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") protects the rights persons with disablities. The ADA requires both small amd large businesses make certain modifications for disabled individuals who come to their business, as well as accommodating the some of the needs of disabled individuals who work there. It can be a complex matter to determine whether or not your business is in compliance with the ADA.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has for now stopped its efforts to make rules setting up standards for Website Accessibility. This would include not, at least for now, adopting the international website standards organization - the World Wide Web Consortium ("W3C"), standards, including Version 2.0 of the Web Contact Accessibility Guidelines ("WCAG", WCAG 2.0 guidelines 3.1.1 and 2.4.4 and 3.1.2
Attached is a copy of a ADA Lawsuit filed by Michael Lopez on 01/18/2017 in the United States District Court - Central District of California. This ADA Lawsuit was filed by the Center for Disability Access, Ray Ballister, Russell Handy, Dennis Price, Phyl Grace. The ADA lawsuit is one of many filed by Michaal Lopez. We have others in our files availble.