Digital Accessibility Legal Updates on LFLegal (May 1 – July 10, 2022)

Below you will find new and updated articles about the digital accessibility legal landscape posted on this website since May 1, 2022. This is a time (like many) when I’m holding two conflicting realities. First, the law continues to recognize the right of disabled people to participate in the digital world (law = good). At… Read more… Digital Accessibility Legal Updates on LFLegal (May 1 – July 10, 2022)

Professional development courses must be accessible: New lawsuit settlement in case against SHRM

The Society of Human Relations Management (SHRM) describes itself as “the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today‚Äôs evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally.” Now, as a result of a lawsuit filed in… Read more… Professional development courses must be accessible: New lawsuit settlement in case against SHRM

Another Big Win in the Domino’s Pizza Accessibility Saga

When the United States Supreme Court decided not to take up the Domino’s web accessibility case in October 2019, the case went back to the US federal district court in California. This week (twenty months later) the district court judge issued an important ruling in the case. It was a big win for web accessibility.… Read more… Another Big Win in the Domino’s Pizza Accessibility Saga

Two US Government Agencies Warn about Hiring Technology that Discriminates against Disabled Applicants

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities in the United States is at an unacceptable high rate. As the US Bureau of Labor Statistics stated in a February 2022 informational release: “Across all educational attainment groups, unemployment rates for persons with a disability were higher than those for persons without a disability.” Two new resources from the US federal government address one type of barrier to the employment of disabled people: Algorithmic and Artificial Intelligence (AI) hiring tools that discriminate. Read more… Two US Government Agencies Warn about Hiring Technology that Discriminates against Disabled Applicants

Legal Update: Accessibility Overlay Edition

This post originally shared four developments in the legal space about web accessibility overlays. Three are very troubling. One gives hope for stemming the tide of quick-fix “not-solutions” that can actually make websites less usable by people with disabilities. Updates add new content to the original four developments. New to the overlay issue? I first… Read more… Legal Update: Accessibility Overlay Edition

Narrow Winn-Dixie Court Opinion Limits Certain Types of Web Accessibility Lawsuits in three U.S. States

In 2017 the first federal court web accessibility trial in the United States was held in a Miami Florida courtroom. When the trial was over, the judge ruled that the Winn-Dixie grocery chain violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by maintaining an inaccessible website. Winn-Dixie appealed the ruling. More than three years later, on April… Read more… Narrow Winn-Dixie Court Opinion Limits Certain Types of Web Accessibility Lawsuits in three U.S. States

Discord Digital Accessibility Press Release

Congratulations Discord! The popular communications tool recently announced its commitment to digital accessibility with the press release posted here. Discord worked in conjunction with the American Council of the Blind in Structured Negotiation on its accessibility initiative. Lainey Feingold and Washington, D.C. civil rights lawyer Matt Handley of Handley Farah & Anderson were the lawyers… Read more… Discord Digital Accessibility Press Release

HR and Payroll Software Leader ADP to Enhance Product Accessibility

On December 16, 2021, the non-profit law office Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) announced an agreement with HR software giant ADP that will improve the accessibility of ADP’s products used by employees of the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind. Originally filed as a lawsuit in September of 2020, the agreement states that On January 27,… Read more… HR and Payroll Software Leader ADP to Enhance Product Accessibility

University of Illinois Chicago Digital Accessibility Structured Negotiation

On November 9, 2021 the Illinois disability rights legal organization Equip for Equality (EFE) and the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) announced an agreement to improve digital accessibility for blind employees and students of the university. The agreement was reached using the collaborative dispute resolution process of Structured Negotiation. No lawsuit was needed or filed.… Read more… University of Illinois Chicago Digital Accessibility Structured Negotiation