The best way for a business owner to avoid a lawsuit related to the Americans with Disabilities Act is to comply with it. Here’s how to get detailed information on what the law requires of businesses:
- The U.S. Department of Justice is featuring on its Web site a 15-page ADA guide for small businesses. A good starting point, it offers guidance on how to make services accessible and how tax credits and deductions may be used to offset specific costs.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center is a very detailed Web site that includes the letter of the law, interpretations, accessibility guidelines, links to other pertinent sites and other documents.
- Review CCDA’s TOP TEN REPORT to view the top ten most common alleged construction-related violations in California (per six-month period). By bringing these aspects of your business or facility into compliance, you may reduce your risk of being sued.
- If you are sued, you may be entitled to a stay of court proceedings, reduced monetary liability, an early evaluation conference, and/or a site inspection if you have a CASp report or your business meets other specified criteria. You may also be entitled to those same benefits if you were summoned or served a complaint by a litigant who is subject to a supplemental filing fee as defined by Gov’t Code Section 70616.5. CCDA does not provide legal advice. Consult with your legal counsel or other professional regarding your specific situation, rights, and obligations. The Judicial Branch of California offers information about navigating the court system – click here to go to their website.
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- ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business
- Tax Benefits for Businesses Who Have Employees with Disabilities
- CalChamber – ADA Reform
- Disabled Access Credit for Eligible Small Businesses
- California Department of Rehabilitation – Resources for Private & Non-Profit Businesses
- Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act
- ADA National Network
- International Code Council
- California Architects Board CE Requirements: Disability Access
- American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC)
- California Building Officials (CALBO)
- California Building Industry Association (CBIA)
- International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
- International Code Council (ICC)
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)