San Francisco ADA Compliance Lawyer
Defending Businesses in the San Francisco Area
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 to prohibit
discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for people with disabilities.
It is a federal civil rights law that keeps business construction in compliance
with codes that allow people with disabilities to access the buildings.
No new construction can impede people with disabilities from accessing
facilities. Likewise, any additions or alterations to existing business
are also required to comply with the ADA
Is Your Business Compliant?
If you’re business is new or is being added to, it must be ADA compliant.
This means that you are required to remove any current barriers, such as:
- Making approach/entrance accessible
- Making goods and services accessible
- Having restrooms usable by people with disabilities
- Having accessible drinking fountains, telephones, and any other necessary structure
All of these features should be continuously maintained at your business.
If you fail to do so, you could be left vulnerable to a discrimination claim.
If someone with disabilities claims that your business has discriminated
against them, they could sue you for discrimination under ADA. As a “place
of public accommodation,” your business is obligated to remove any
and all barriers to people with disability. However this must be done
“if such methods are readily achievable.” However, if your
building isn’t new, and was built before 1992, they may not have
a case against you.
Penalties for Noncompliance
If you did have the means and ability to alter your business to be ADA
compliant, under title III for public accommodations, you could be penalized.
The maximum civil penalty for a 1st-time violation ranges from $55,000 to $75,000. For subsequent violations,
the new maximum is $150,000. However, the new maximums apply only to violations
that happen on or after April 28, 2014.
Call an Experienced Attorney Today
The consequences of this kind of lawsuit can be severe. If you can’t
afford to pay the minimum amount for an ADA noncompliance claim, you need
to consult an excellent San Francisco ADA compliance attorney. If you
contact our firm, we can go over the specifics of your case with you and
begin drafting a strategy to help maximize your potential for a positive
outcome. Regardless of the size or scope of your case, we are confident
that we can provide you with the foresight and knowledge you need to best
protect your interest.
To request a free case evaluation, please
contact our firm at your earliest convenience by calling (415) 300-2037!