Recently, McDonald’s, K-Mart, Grubhub, and Empire Today faced a federal lawsuit that alleged the websites and apps of the respective companies violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because they were inaccessible to individuals who are blind.
The cases of the plaintiffs were dismissed in October and November because of an undisclosed settlement agreement.
What Is the Americans with Disabilities Act?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that became effective in 1990. The ADA is to help people with disabilities receive the same access to housing, employment, public accommodations, state and federal government services and buildings, and accessing commercial entities (such as fast food restaurants and retail entities).
Companies Will Improve Coding to Comply with ADA
Ultimately, the allegations centered around the coding of both the websites and the apps for the named defendants. Plaintiffs, who are visually impaired and who live in Los Angeles, alleged that the current coding of the websites and apps made it inaccessible because their screen reading software couldn’t properly navigate through them.