Lawsuits claim violation of Americans with Disabilities Act online

The USA’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects persons with disabilities with protections similar to those given to other vulnerable groups. This includes equal opportunity for persons with disabilities while using telecommunications services and in public accommodations. Lawsuits filed against Ralph Lauren, Payless Shoes, and the Kardashian store DASH,  contend that their websites, as part of the public accommodation as defined by the ADA, and as an extension of the businesses, should be covered by the ADA. As explained in an article in The Fashion Law, the complaint states that ‘by failing to equip their websites with screen reader software to enable visually impaired individuals to “enjoy full and equal access to the website and/or understanding the content therein,” the defendants are in violation of the ADA’.