Judge Rules Websites Must Be Accessible to People with Disabilities – DOJ Agrees
A federal judge in Miami has ruled that websites must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and be accessible to members of the population with disabilities, including blindness, visual disorders, physical impairments, and hearing loss.
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As first reported by the Miami Herald, the judge ruled against Winn-Dixie and ordered the grocery chain to earmark $250,000 to bring its website into compliance with ADA standards. In this case, Winn-Dixie dodged a theoretical bullet, as the plaintiff was not asking for damages, just that the site be brought up to code. This is highly unusual for ADA compliance cases, with plaintiffs normally requesting damages. It must be noted that plaintiff’s counsel recovered costs and fees.
In recent years, courts have been divided on how to interpret ADA law as it pertains to websites. in Winn-Dixie’s case the judge sided with the plaintiff.
As a result of the case (Which Winn-Dixie plans to appeal), the company plans to implement an ADA policy and take steps to accommodate users that rely on screen reading technology.
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