Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Republican Senators Ask DOJ for Clarity on Website Accessibility under ADA

A group of Republican senators on July 30 wrote to Attorney General William Barr seeking an update on the Justice Department’s (DOJ) efforts to clarify compliance obligations for businesses with respect to website accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The letter marks another attempt by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to obtain clarity from the DOJ; last year, lawmakers wrote to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions raising concerns about a lack of existing guidance.

The senators noted that unclear direction from the DOJ has left businesses, including banks and credit unions, exposed to litigation risk. “We therefore urge the Department to provide further clarity, especially given that the issue of whether the ADA applies to private websites at all—or the scope of such application—continues to be subject to conflicting judicial opinions,” they wrote. “Absent further guidance, compliance will remain a matter of increasing litigation and inconsistent outcomes.”

The other senators that signed unto the letter were Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Mike Rounds (R-SD).

Read the letter.

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