My thanks to Max Design for highlighting the recent court ruling in California regarding the accessibility of Target Corporation’s website.
A federal district court judge issued two landmark decisions on the 2nd of October in a nationwide class action against Target Corporation.
The first decision involved the court certifying the case as a class action on behalf of blind Internet users throughout the country under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition to violating the ADA, the suit charges that Target has also violated two Californian civil rights statutes: the California Unruh Civil Rights Act and the California Disabled Persons Act.
In the second decision, the court stated that websites such as target.com are required by California law to be accessible.
For more information:
- Court Ruling Says California Disabled Rights Law Applies to the Web
- Blind patrons sue Target for site inaccessibility
- Judge allows class action against Target Web site
This is a step in the right direction, although it’s sad that it has to get to this stage before action is taken by the big corporations. Remember, accessibility is best done proactively – not reactively.