Ethics in the Digital Accessibility Legal Space: ADA Enforcement Cases or Something Else?
Posted on July 23, 2019
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This is a post about ethics. There are many lawsuits being filed today about websites that are not accessible to people with disabilities. Lawsuits are important to civil rights. But not all lawsuits about access to websites are civil rights cases. Many are just focused on getting money for lawyers, and not on fixing web site problems. We don’t want anyone to limit the laws protecting disabled people. Some of these lawsuits cause backlash. They make people afraid of the law. Most lawyers use the Americans with Disabilities Act to protect rights of disabled people. We need to know the difference between civil rights cases and those that take advantage of the law.
A 177% jump in the number of web accessibility lawsuits filed in federal court over two years. A handful of lawyers filing hundreds of cases, settling quickly, with no public statement about any accessibility improvements. Industry associations looking to roll-back the ADA, state legislatures limiting the right to sue about digital accessibility. So called experts guaranteeing “ADA Compliant websites” in 48 hours for [...]