Colleges Sued Due To ADA Violations
Monday, May 20, 2019
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Colleges and universities are now in the crosshairs of a New York law firm, who has filed 50 lawsuits against them due to their websites being in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Plaintiff, Jason Camacho, a blind resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., claims that he was not able to use his screen reader software when he visited their websites and was shut out when trying to access information.
The lawsuits are being filed in New York, but colleges all over the country are being sued, particularly private colleges and universities including Northeastern University and Drexel University. These colleges participated in a college fair in New York City. The argument is, since these colleges recruit students in New York, they can be sued under that jurisdiction. Others being sued are Cornell University, the California Institute of the Arts, Vanderbilt University, Loyola University New Orleans, and Oberlin College.
Filing multiple lawsuits against businesses or organizations in a particular category or industry, also called 'drive-by' litigation, has become a common trend as of late. Over the past several months, wineries, hotels and recently art galleries have been targeted in the thousands of ADA lawsuits filed and the numbers continue to increase.
ADA lawsuits against businesses and organizations whose websites are not accessible is a very serious matter that should not be ignored. If you have not tested your website for ADA compliance, it would be prudent to do so as soon as possible. Your industry could be next!
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