CUNA Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel Leah Dempsey appeared on CUBroadcast Thursday to talk about the recent rash of lawsuits hitting credit unions over ADA website accessibility confusion. CUNA has made protecting credit unions from these frivolous suits a top advocacy priority.
Dempsey recommended credit unions ensure their sites are compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
“This standard for website accessibility was developed through case law, rather than through a formal process at the federal level, but different circuits around the country have decided what requirements should be,” she said. “Coming into compliance with these requirements is the best thing to do to make sure you’re not the lowest hanging fruit."
During the interview, Dempsey also outlined CUNA’s resources available to credit unions, and outlined steps it is taking to achieve a solution at the federal level.
“I would continue to follow our updates about this situation, even if you’re not personally affected,” she said. “The landscape is changing on a week-to-week basis and the more that credit unions are informed, the better off they’ll be.”
CUNA has undertaken several steps to find a solution for credit unions, including: