Sixty-one bipartisan members of Congress have written to the Department of Justice requesting guidance on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pertains to websites. CUNA and its league partners urged Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) to support credit union efforts to address ambiguities in website accessibility requirements that are spurring frivolous class action litigation.
“Without regulation, the disabled community remains at risk of being shut out of certain parts of electronic commerce,” the letter reads. “And, members of the business community, including credit unions and community banks, are vulnerable to lawsuits because they are left with no uniform standard by which compliance can be measured.”
Specifically, the letter asks the DOJ to resume its plans to issue regulations on website accessibility requirements under the ADA. A 2010 DOJ Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) raised this issue, but the rule was never finalized and has been classified as “inactive.”
CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle reached out to CUNA members earlier this month to apprise them on CUNA’s advocacy work to get ADA answers, and CUNA supports a bill that addresses ADA litigation threats.