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ADA Accessibility

Published by on January 9, 2008

Overlawyered reports on a settlement agreement between the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Sylvan Learning Centers regarding Sylvan’s on-line materials.  The Justice Department takes the position that Sylvan — including its on-line tutorials — are “public accommodations.”  (Settlement agreement here.) A quick review of the “what’s new” page at DOJ (here) suggests that the […]

Overlawyered reports on a settlement agreement between the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Sylvan Learning Centers regarding Sylvan’s on-line materials.  The Justice Department takes the position that Sylvan — including its on-line tutorials — are “public accommodations.”  (Settlement agreement here.)

A quick review of the “what’s new” page at DOJ (here) suggests that the Civil Rights Division is busy enforcing the public accommodations provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  Although the public accommodations provisions of the ADA are separate from the employment provisions, the vigorous enforcement by DOJ and the aggressive interpretation of Sylvan’s learning centers as “public accommodations” suggests that companies should consider doing an ADA compliance review in 2008.  The public accommodations provisions will not only impact office buildings and parking lots, but apparently will now extend to web sites and even perhaps training materials provided to customers.

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