E*TRADE's recent press release reads as though E*TRADE simply discovered its inner, more-inclusive, corporate self "E*TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ETFC) today announced an initiative to enhance its website, mobile applications, and desktop trading and investing platforms to make them more accessible for customers with disabilities."
In fact, E*TRADE's accessibility policy and related website-accessibility improvements were required by a legal settlement between E*TRADE and blind/visually impaired individuals represented by established disability attorneys Lainey Feingold, along with Linda Dardarian at Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian and Ho.
Financial / Banking Industry Scrutinized
The negotiation and resulting legal settlement with E*TRADE is only one action among many targeting the websites, apps, ATMs and other tools and technologies used by financial institutions and banks. For example, Feingold Law Group lists website/technology disability/ADA related settlements with, among others, American Express, Bank of America, Charles Schwab, Citibank, First Union, Fleet Bank, TCF Bank and Wells Fargo.
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