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ADA Compliance Violations Can Cost You $75,000 to $150,000!

Important Information About Website ADA Compliance

By Timothy A RowlandPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
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If your business or company website is found to not be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, you will likely be fined up to $75,000 for the first offense; and then up to $150,000 for every offense after that. Yes, ADA compliance is that important!

These cases are an easy win for attorneys; especially the ambulance chaser lawyers just looking to take as much money from every company they can. If your website isn’t ADA compliant, it’s obvious… easily proven…and outrageously expensive!

Important Information About Website ADA Compliance

As you may be aware, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, education, transportation, and access to public and private establishments. In recent years, the ADA has been interpreted to extend its protections to include websites. As a result, many businesses are now scrambling to ensure that their websites are compliant with the ADA.

There are a few key things you should know about website ADA compliance:

1. The ADA only applies to “places of public accommodation.” This includes businesses that are open to the general public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and so on. It does not apply to private clubs or businesses that serve a limited audience.

2. The ADA requires that all “places of public accommodation” be accessible to individuals with disabilities. This includes making sure that website content can be accessed by individuals who use assistive technologies, such as screen readers.

3. The ADA does not require businesses to make their websites 100% accessible to everyone. However, they are required to take “reasonable steps” to ensure that their websites are accessible to as many people as possible.

4. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for making a website compliant with the ADA. Every website is different, and there are a variety of factors that need to be considered when determining what steps need to be taken to ensure compliance.

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How an ADA Compliant Website Can Increase Your Business

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not your website needs to be compliant with the ADA, consider the following benefits:

1. Increased Customer Base: Making your website accessible to individuals with disabilities will open up your customer base and allow you to tap into a market that you may have been previously missing out on.

2. Improved Search Engine Rankings: Websites that are accessible to assistive technologies, such as screen readers, tend to fare better in search engine rankings. This is because Google and other search engines give preference to websites that are “user-friendly.”

3. Legal Protection: In the event that your website is sued for being inaccessible, having an ADA compliant website will help to bolster your defense.

While there are many benefits to making your website compliant with the ADA, it’s important to keep in mind that this is not a requirement. However, taking the time to ensure that your website is as accessible as possible is a good way to show your commitment to customer service and inclusion.

Fines and Legal Consequences of Not Being ADA Compliant

It’s important to note that the ADA does not have any enforcement mechanisms in place for websites that are not compliant. However, this doesn’t mean that there are no consequences for non-compliance. If your website is found to be inaccessible to individuals with disabilities, you could be sued by a private individual or the Department of Justice. The potential damages in these cases can include:

1. Compensatory Damages: These are damages that are intended to reimburse the plaintiff for any losses suffered as a result of the inaccessible website. This can include lost wages, medical expenses, and attorney’s fees.

2. Punitive Damages: These are damages that are intended to punish the defendant and deter future non-compliance. Punitive damages can be awarded in cases where the defendant’s actions are found to be particularly egregious.

3. Injunctive Relief: This is a court order that requires the defendant to take action to remedy the accessibility problems with their website. In some cases, this can require the defendant to make their website completely accessible, while in other cases it may only require them to take certain steps to improve accessibility.

While there are no guarantees that you will be sued if your website is not compliant with the ADA, it’s important to be aware of the potential consequences. Taking the time to ensure that your website is accessible is not only good for your customers, but it can also help to protect you from costly legal action.

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