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6 THE SHOP JUNE 2020 I f you have a website, you can be sued if it's not accessible. No, we're not being alarmist. With news that Domino's Pizza was recently sued for falling foul of acces- sibility laws, everyone with a website is at risk. Being accessible isn't just for physical stores anymore, and if your website doesn't cater to everybody's needs then you could be sued as well. We know that this may sound a bit crazy, but trust us when we say that it's very important to ensure your website's browsing standards accommodate all users. A new law was passed recently as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that states that everybody should have equal rights to access online informa- tion and services. This law isn't restricted to large busi- nesses, either. Whether you're a small startup or a one-person store, if your web- site doesn't meet the standards of this law, you could be sued just as easily as any of the big brands out there. Companies that have already faced legal action include Target, Weight Watchers, Home Depot, Bank of America and many more. Some smaller companies have even been put out of business because their web- sites didn't meet accessibility standards. In 2018 there were 2,285 lawsuits filed under the ADA, and this number will only grow unless businesses start making their websites accessible to everyone. Being accessible is no longer optional. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW With this law now being strictly enforced, you probably have questions. We're here to answer the most common questions about the ADA for you. What is the ADA? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by Pres. George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It's a law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. ACCESSIBILITY How ADA compliance laws can affect your auto shop website. By Barry Alt ONLINE It's simple – if you have a website that doesn't meet ADA compliance guidelines, your company could be sued.

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