The ADA, eCommerce, And Lawyers

DISABILITY AND WEB SITES

I have a client that was recently hit with a lawsuit due to having a non-ADA compliant website.

When I first heard about it I was like…

Is that a thing?

Apparently, in South Florida and across the country people are going around and finding web sites that aren’t ADA compliant.

And when they do.

Bam!

Fined.

It’s the law

Websites who do not meet WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standards can be fined up to $50,000 for a first violation and $100,000 for a second, and even more for compensation of damages.

Imagine getting hit with a lawsuit that’s 10 times what you generate in sales on your e-commerce site?

Yes. It happens.

According to Section 508 of the Department of Justice ADA (American with Disabilities Act) Standards for Accessible Design.

Failure to comply with Section 508 could expose your company to hefty fines, the risk of expensive criminal and civil litigation as well as a reputation for being unfriendly to the disabled.

I found a good article on this by Third and Grove and wanted to share.

I also reached out to a couple of my web peeps to learn more about this issue.

If your business is running an e-commerce site this is definitely a topic you’ll want to brush up on.

Helping clients with their tech can take on many forms

Sometimes you land on a topic you’re not an expert on.

ADA web compliance is a new one for me.

Now I know more.

Running a small business presents new challenges on a regular basis.

Helping our disabled friends is important.

Very important.

Getting fined for something you didn’t know was a thing.

Well…

That just sucks.

Now you know.