A blind New York man is the plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit against Broadway Plaza Hotel Inc. that claims the hotel’s website discriminates against the blind population. According to the complaint, the site contains various access barriers that “prevent free and full use” by visually impaired people using screen reading software. The suit argues that the defendant neglected to implement available technology to improve navigability and accessibility, such as alternative text, accessible image maps, drop-down menus, and headers. “By failing to make the website accessible to blind persons, Defendant is violating basic equal access requirements under both state and federal law,” the complaint claims.
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