Accessibility in the News—06/16/16
Does the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to websites? This issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN) provides an example of how inaccessible websites can be subject to litigation. Many are saying that accessibility mandates that apply to brick and mortar stores also apply to retail websites, like the one for this clothing chain.
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Legally Blind Man Files Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Suit over Accessibility of Hugo Boss’ Website
6/15 | Source: Lexis Legal News
MIAMI — Clothing retail chain operator Hugo Boss Retail Inc. violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because its website is not accessible to visually impaired customers, a man alleges in a putative class complaint filed June 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Andres Gomez v. Hugo Boss Retail Inc., No. 1:16-cv-21989, S.D. Fla.).
Floridian Andres Gomez says that he is legally blind, making him disabled under the ADA because he “is substantially limited in performing one or more major life activities,” such as “accurately visualizing his world, adequately traversing obstacles and walking without assistance.”…
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