Listed below are three recent lawsuits regarding web accessibility, and then some great related links. Legal action against inaccessible websites is a growing trend especially in the U.S. and unfortunately a needed one. It’s always been my opinion that although it’s obviously smart for companies to provide accessible websites, it’s the law that will make it happen on a wide-scale. Sad but true.
The plaintiff requests the court require Red Roof to retain a mutually approved consultant to perform periodic automated accessibility audits to oversee the defendant’s compliance with the ADA, create an official accessibility policy and post the information directly on its website.
The suit specifies that screen readers should be able to navigate through the NBA website as ‘screen reader software provides the primary method by which a blind person may independently use the Internet. Unless websites are designed to be read by screen reader software or other assistive technologies, blind individuals are unable to fully access websites and the information, products and services available through the sites.’
The suit says the toy company’s website contains digital barriers which limit the ability of blind and visually impaired consumers to access the sites.
[The plaintiff] seeks a permanent injunction, directing Toys “R” Us to bring its websites into full compliance with ADA requirements.
Kristen Henry, a staff attorney for Disability Rights Ohio, said Husted’s website is inaccessible to people who are blind because it does not allow use of special screen-reading software that translates written words into speech. She said government agencies are required to provide access for the disabled through the ADA.
- Ed-Tech Accessibility Lawsuit Settled By Seattle District, Advocates for Blind
- Digital Accessibility Legal Update (CSUN 2015) by @LFLegal
- What happens when you get sued for your inaccessible website by @KarlGroves
- Added: U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Settles Suit Alleging Inaccessibility of Its Website for Contractors
- Added Dec 10: Web Accessibility Suits and Settlements in 2015 and 2014 by Rakesh Paladugula