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Not following ADA guidelines could lead to business litigation

Small business owners in Wisconsin have a lot on their plates. It takes a significant amount of work and effort to get a company off the ground and run it successfully. Part of operating a successful business is ensuring one's establishments meets the Americans with Disabilities Act public accommodations requirements. If one fails in this, business litigation may be expected.

What accommodations are required under the ADA? According to the ADA guidebook, there are actually 12 differed accommodations that all businesses must meet if they provide public services of any sort. A few of them include:

  • Removing architectural barriers
  • Providing accessible entrances
  • Providing accessible parking
  • Providing accessible shelving and counters
  • Making aisles easy to maneuver

The ADA, which took effect in the beginning of Jan. 1992, does offer acceptable alternatives for business owners who may not be in the financial position to make significant changes to their business establishments. There is some understanding given to those whose businesses are housed in older buildings. While this may be the case, it does not mean that one should not do everything in his or her power to make his or her establishment accessible to those individuals with disabilities.

Small business owners in Wisconsin who find themselves facing business litigation over ADA violations may be able to fight the accusations filed against them by going to court or seek to settle the matter quietly and out of court. Every case is different. With the assistance of legal counsel, one can make an informed decision on the best way to handle the situation.

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