Last month, one plaintiff filed five separate lawsuits against local McDonalds, Burger Kings, and an Arby’s, alleging that the restaurants violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by having restrooms, seating areas, and parking areas that fail to comply with various accessibility provisions of the ADA.
These are not the only lawsuits that have been filed recently against fast-food chains for ADA violations. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and McDonald’s, alleging that the chains violate the ADA when the restaurants close their lobbies and allow late-night order to be placed only through drive-through windows.
Lawsuits like the ones referenced above serve as a reminder that businesses operating as places of public accommodation must comply with the accessibility requirements of the ADA. To determine whether your establishment complies with the ADA, you should review the ADA Accessibility Guidelines. Complying with the ADA will not only prevent a lawsuit, it will ensure that your company is able to reach as many potential customers, clients, and business partners as possible.