ADA Compliant Signs Can Protect You from Hefty Lawsuits
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), public facilities are expected to meet certain standards to ensure their property is accessible for anyone with certain types of disabilities. A failure to meet these standards could result in major fines from government agencies or lawsuits from people with disabilities (ultimately resulting in major fines).
Depending on your business’s location, you may also be required to include ADA compliance standards in any additions or improvements you make to your building. In California, for example, the state’s building codes are very strict, and include some extra regulations that business owners must follow.
General requirements include having parking spots for disabled people, specific striping and signage in parking lots, bathroom and transaction counter accessibility, wheelchair ramps and more.
Misconceptions about ADA Lawsuits
Some people are under the misconception that compliance with the ADA is not necessary for businesses that are older or have no disabled customers, or when wheelchair access would be impossible to add. When it comes to the ADA, however, there is no such thing as a grandfather clause. At the very least, businesses need to focus on being able to get everyone inside a building.
One recent story illustrates how much businesses have to lose when it comes to ADA violations. The Beverage Distributors Company was recently forced to pay $160,000 in damages and provide other relief after losing in a lawsuit filed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging the company violated various provisions of the ADA. There are also regularly stories of businesses not having proper ramps, signage and other equipment in place for disabled guests.
Think about it—merely purchasing the proper signs for your business, a relatively small investment, could save you thousands of dollars in litigation and fines.
If you have any questions about the kinds of ADA compliant signs you need for your facility, we encourage you to reach out to our team today, and we’ll happily provide you with more information.
Contact us today at Erie Custom Signs to order your own custom ADA signs.