You may be asking yourself why a website would need to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The ADA has traditionally been interpreted to apply to brick & mortor buildings; however, recent caselaw, Thurston v. Midvale Corp., out of California’s 2nd Appellate District has changed that.

The Court of Appeal held that the ADA did, in fact, apply to the Defendant’s website.

Specifically, it held that at a minimum, the ADA covers a website with a nexus to a physical place of public accommodation, in this case, a restaurant.

What does this mean for your company? It may mean that you need to update your website to ensure that it complies with Title III of the ADA. ADA compliance hawks are on the lookout and are initiating litigation against companies based on this ruling, so fast action is paramount.