The undertaking of civil action usually has a monetary component to it, especially where businesses are concerned. Sometimes seeking a financial award is meant to be a punishment and is the whole purpose. Sometimes the objective behind a lawsuit is to press for change.
The cost of any change is bound to cost something, so money remains a factor. If your business is the target of litigation it's important to fully understand what the plaintiffs are seeking. Consulting with an experienced attorney is the best way to assess the merits of the case. Once that's determined, a decision can be made about whether to defend the matter or find alternative solutions. Again, an attorney's help can be important.
The owners of a number of properties across the state of Texas may be thinking about this right now. They were named as defendants this week by the disability advocacy group ADAPT and the Civil Rights Project. The suits allege the places and businesses acted or have failed to take actions that discriminate against individuals with disabilities in violation of the law.
The actions are against 32 defendants from Dallas to Dilley. The filings were timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Activist plaintiffs used the date to highlight that a quarter century after its enactment, freedom of access for disabled individuals in the workplace and in businesses is still a challenge.
Austin businesses are the targets of the lion's share of these suits -- 21 in all. One in particular alleges that a man with cerebral palsy was refused service at a Rainey Street bar recently. The plaintiff says he believes it was because of his disability.
The owners of the bar insist their facility is ADA compliant and that operation policy is to treat everyone equally. They say that if that policy was violated, it is "something we will remedy immediately." They also say efforts to talk with those behind the suit haven't been successful.
Willingness to communicate is often the best stand to take, but it does require equal willingness from the other side.
Source: KTBC-TV, "Suits filed against Austin businesses 25 years after ADA," Casey Claiborne, July 27, 2015