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Is Your Website Required to be ADA Compliant? … Probably
According to ADA title III, every business website has to be accessible to people with disabilities or it will be at risk of being sued and facing other unnecessary legal expenses.
California Court of Appeal’s Decision Opens the Floodgates for More ADA Website Lawsuits
The California Supreme and Appeal Courts ruled that businesses with a website must comply with ADA requirements making their website accessible to people with disabilities or face possible lawsuits. It is the law.
However, separate from ADA compliance, the California Unruh Act clearly says that those with disabilities are “entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever. Currently, the Unruh Act applies to websites “without” a physical business presence. So if you have only an e-commerce website, and you do any business in California, the Unruh Act applies to you no matter where you live. Just complaints alone (not lawsuits) against you for Unruh violations are $4,000, per incident.
And if for some reason you think the ADA and Unruh Act does not apply to you, you likely forgot about the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that took effect January 1, 2020, that requires website privacy policies and disclaimers to be accessible to users with disabilities. It could not be any clearer – make your website ADA compliant or face the possibility of fines and lawsuits.
This caused the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to express fear the decision could cause a “tsunami of litigation.”
It’s not just California, most states have their own accessibility requirements and statutes that you may be required to comply with. And then there is the letter from the Department of Justice to members of Congress about ADA compliance…..
The Department of Justice September 25, 2018 letter to 103 members of Congress is unequivocal in describing the application of the ADA to websites:
The Department of Justice first articulated its interpretation that the ADA applies to public accommodations’ websites over 20 years ago. This interpretation is consistent with the ADA’s title III requirement that the goods, services, privileges, or activities provided by places of public accommodation be equally accessible to people with disabilities.
“The Department of Justice letter also reminds the congressman that “the Department has consistently taken the position that the absence of a specific regulation does not serve as a basis for noncompliance with a statute’s requirements.”
There is More to Consider Than Just Avoiding Lawsuits
It is about opening up your website to help the 50 million Americans with disabilities so they can use and enjoy your website which they have been unable to do in the past. Over 70% of visitors to your website will leave if it is not accessible to users with disabilities. The possible increase in business by making your website ADA compliant could be significant. It makes good business and ethical sense to accommodate users with disabilities.
There is a simple, inexpensive solution to comply with the ADA and the California Unruh Act.
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- Tax credit – The U.S. government may pay for 50% of your yearly costs for ADA compliance. To help businesses comply with the American With Disabilities Act. The IRS Code allows a 50% tax credit for small businesses. So your actual cost will be $245 after the tax credit for our standard solution.
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