Every week business owners across the country receive notice that their company is being sued for allegedly violating Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Much to their surprise, however, these owners quickly learn their company is being sued – not because it’s missing a wheelchair ramp or lacks a sufficient number of accessible parking spaces – but rather because the company’s website is inaccessible to the visually impaired.
In a recent byline with HR.com, Gunster labor & employment law attorney Anthony Nelson discusses a recent trend of “drive-by lawsuits” where opportunistic plaintiffs scour the internet looking for susceptible targets who are unknowingly failing to comply with digital ADA standards. A recent surge of these types of lawsuits, due in part to a case out of Florida, has put the state on the map for having the second highest number of website accessibility lawsuits. In the article, Nelson discusses how companies can navigate the lack of clear regulations and avoid becoming a target of a drive-by ADA lawsuit.
Anthony Nelson is an associate in Gunster’s West Palm Beach office where he concentrates his practice on employment disputes at the federal, state and local levels.
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