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Thursday, October 2, 2014

ADA Settlement Agreements to Ensure Access to Small Businesses - five settlement agreements

The Justice Department announced (posted 9/30/14) five settlement agreements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to make small businesses in Upstate New York and Corpus Christi, Texas accessible to people with disabilities. The settlements by the Justice Department are with Hamilton Initiative, LLC; Glenwood Plaza, LLC; Subway of Cazenovia, LLC; Alliance NY, LLC; and Water Street Seafood Company. These businesses, including a strip mall and restaurants, were investigated as part of an effort to ensure that small businesses in the community are accessible to people with disabilities and was conducted in conjunction with Project Civic Access, the Department’s wide-ranging initiative to ensure that cities, towns and counties throughout the country comply with the Americans with the ADA. In each case, certain elements of the business were inaccessible to people with disabilities. All five businesses worked cooperatively with the Department after architectural barriers to access were identified at each. The businesses and Department agreed on barriers and timelines to remedy the barriers in compliance with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards).ADA.gov United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
To find out more about these settlements or the ADA, call the Justice Department’s toll-free ADA information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD), or access its ADA website at www.ada.gov.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, which is meant to prevent
discrimination against people with disabilities. Some small-business owners say they’re getting hit with an unfair share of ADA-related customer lawsuits.

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