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Are your Websites ADA Compliant? What Employers Need to Know
Presented by Jordan B. Schwartz and Megan Shaked

Recently, there have been a slew of lawsuits filed across the country against hotels, restaurants, stores, clubs and other places of public accommodation alleging that their websites violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). And, there is no reason to think that these types of lawsuits will continue to increase. Typically, these lawsuits allege that the websites either (i) fail to identify and describe wheelchair accessible features at the property in sufficient detail; or (2) cannot be used by individuals with visual and/or hearing impairments.

Businesses also continue to be faced with tricky and complex issues under the ADA regarding service animals, customer allergies, and effective communication methods, each of which often result in contentious lawsuits. These lawsuits are expensive, time consuming, and a drain on your business. Further, the number of these types of lawsuits is increasing exponentially, with serial plaintiffs filing dozens of these suits each and every day. This presentation will present practical tips and cost-effective strategies for managing the risk of ADA-related litigation in this ever-evolving area of the law.

Participants will learn about the following:

• The broad scope of disability access laws and how employers are most often affected
• Practical tips on website accessibility
• Guidance on accommodating service and emotional support animals
• Best practices when dealing with customers with severe allergies and autoimmune conditions such as celiac
• How to best address customers who ask for hearing and visual accommodations

May 12, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Jordan B. Schwartz
Partner, Labor • Employment Practice Group @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Jordan B. Schwartz is a partner in Conn Maciel Carey’s national Labor • Employment Practice Group. He focuses his practice on representing employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. Mr. Schwartz works to create workplace solutions for his clients across all industries. He defends employers in litigation at both the federal and state levels, including matters related to ADA, FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, and affirmative action/OFCCP regulations. He advises clients regarding the protection of trade secrets and the misappropriation of confidential or proprietary information, both defending employers and pursuing enforcement against former employees. When relevant, Mr. Schwartz provides advice and counsel to unionized and non-unionized workplaces regarding the employer’s rights under the National Labor Relations Act.
Megan S. Shaked
Associate, OSHA and Labor • Employment Practice Groups @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Megan S. Shaked is an associate in the San Francisco office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP. She represents employers on a wide range of employment matters, including claims of discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations and whistle blowing. She also represents clients against claims brought by patrons alleging lack of accessibility under Title III of the ADA and the California Unruh and Disabled Persons Acts.