An excerpt from Facilities.net
Working on a job that requires a revamp of an exterior door? You can help the building owner avoid legal action by ensuring compliance with ADA standards.
There has been a rise in the number of ADA accessibility lawsuits filed against businesses and facilities for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) over the last few years. These lawsuits have the potential to cost defendants $5,000 or more per complaint. The best defense against ADA lawsuits is to begin the process of removing accessibility barriers. Barriers are aspects of the built environment which lessen a disabled person’s access. The removal process starts by assessing what needs to be done and then putting in place plans, procedures and policies to guide implementation.
Here are four proactive steps to become an unappealing target:
1. Know how you’re doing
2. Develop a written implementation plan
3. Execute against the plan
4. Let the law be your guide