Last month, the House of Representatives passed legislation requiring that any individual suing for failure to the comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements must provide the violating entity with notice and a six-month grace period to remedy this issue. Additionally, the bill, H.R. 620, would require that the Justice Department needs to create an ADA education program for business owners.
Proponents of the bill assert that it would help business owners improve disability accommodations while avoiding the costs of unnecessary lawsuits. Opponents argue that the bill would place undue strain on people with disabilities, and, in the words of Rep. Jim Langevin, create “an obvious disincentive for ADA compliance.”
If signed into law, H.R. 620 could dramatically impact the number of lawsuits filed and the path that those with disabilities take when pursuing claims under ADA. Both those asserting potential ADA claims and businesses/organizations should watch this legislation given its serious ramifications.
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