CUNA and league partners the are working with Congress to remedy an issue surrounding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act that is leading to lawsuits against credit unions. Credit unions are seeking guidance on what is required for websites and online banking software under the ADA.
“Credit unions strongly support the intent of the ADA but this litigation is aimed at exploiting technical ambiguities for compliance.This lack of clarity has left credit unions and businesses open to frivolous class action litigation, so we’re working on a remedy to protect these institutions from unnecessary legal action which depletes the resources of credit unions and their member-owners,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s Chief Advocacy Officer. “CUNA and the leagues will continue our push to see guidance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) on this important issue by engaging directly with the DoJ and members of Congress.”
The Department of Justice began developing regulations to address this topic in 2010, issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, but did not complete the process and has declared the effort inactive.
Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), members of the House Judiciary Committee, are circulating a letter through the House to gather support from fellow lawmakers at request of CUNA and the leagues. Their letter calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to finalize and issue the regulation.
Jeremy Empol, vice president of federal government affairs for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, said the Leagues made this topic a priority during their recent Hike the Hill trip to Washington, D.C. last month.
“We are also working with the CUNA and all other state leagues to ensure as many bipartisan members of Congress sign on to this letter. We must show a sense of urgency to address this problem,” Empol said. “The leagues appreciate the effort of Congressmen Swalwell and DeSantis for their leadership. We also encourage all of our members to reach out to their congressional offices in support of this letter.”