CUNA, leagues, CUs talk ADA concerns w/ DOJ at roundtable
CUNA, leagues and credit unions participated in a Department of Justice (DOJ) roundtable Monday to discuss topics related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Credit unions in more than 30 states are facing lawsuits due to ambiguity about how the ADA applies to website, and CUNA has made finding a solution a top priority.
“We thank the DOJ for their time and attention today and CUNA, leagues and credit unions were able to directly highlight how ambiguity in the ADA is negatively impacting credit unions and the members they serve,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “As part of our 360-degree advocacy, CUNA has defended credit unions in court, met with members of Congress and worked with the DOJ and other regulators to ensure credit unions aren’t taken advantage of by predatory lawsuits taking advantage of a law that protects the disabled. This meeting is a part of that advocacy, and hopefully is a step toward a solution.”
Hosted by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, the website issue was one of three areas considered “hot topics” by the DOJ. CUNA raised the need for the DOJ to provide clarity through guidance or a rulemaking on ADA website accessibility standards.
Additional details on the discussion can be found at CUNA’s Removing Barriers Blog.
CUNA and credit union leagues have filed a number of briefs in support of credit unions, including one in June at the appellate level, in the Fourth Circuit. CUNA was in attendance in October during arguments in the case, Griffin v. DOL FCU.