are two main reasons to comply:
and foremost it's the law
III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12181)
prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations
and requires places of public accommodation and commercial facilities
to be designed, constructed and altered in compliance with the accessibility
standards established by this part.
happens if my business is not compliant?
not if your business will be sued for A.D.A compliance violations,
its when your business will be sued for A.D.A compliance violations.
you are sued and are in violation, you have no defense. Many persons
with disabilities feel discriminated by businesses where they cannot
enter, properly use the facilities, or are made to feel like an
outcast due to their disability. Many of the people who sue businesses
for A.D.A violations are honest and just want the business they
patronize or would like to patronize to adhere to the law and make
the proper modifications.
there are other less ethical people whose litigious motivations
behind their A.D.A. violations suits are monetarily motivated. Either
way, the defendant will still have to incur attorney's fees, court
costs, possible fines and other legal fees to defend the suit.
the end, most businesses end up paying around $15,000 to lawyers
on both sides, $5,000 in court costs and still must hire a contractor
to do the A.D.A modifications, all the while hoping the federal
government or the state won't issue a fine.
as Americans have a duty to follow the laws of this country and
should do everything in our power help all of our citizens live
their life free from discrimination and bias and enjoy the freedom
which this country provides.