Two law firms from Pennsylvania and New York are behind a swarm of just-filed proposed class actions against big names like Chick-Fil-A, American Bread Company, Benjamin Restaurant Group, Raymours Furniture and Jo-Ann Stores. Each lawsuit claims the restaurants and retailers violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The class actions filed by the New York attorneys are over alleged online violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), with the complaints claiming the defendants’ respective websites are unlawfully difficult to use for visually impaired consumers. Each lawsuit alleges the defendants—Benjamin Restaurant Group LLC, Jo-Ann Stores, LLC, Palm Restaurant Inc., Chick-Fil-A, Inc., and Lodgeworks Partners, L.P. (who runs the Archer Hotel)—operate websites that are nearly impossible for visually disabled individuals to independently navigate, even with assistive software and equipment, due to their exclusively digital interfaces and back-end accessibility barriers.
The Pennsylvania cases, however, were filed over more—ahem—concrete allegations, namely that the parking lots at Raymours Furniture Company and American Bread Company do not comply with ADA guidelines. The plaintiffs, both of whom reportedly have mobility issues that necessitate the use of handicap parking spots, claim the defendants’ non-ADA-compliant parking lots deny them and other disabled consumers “safe and full access” to the companies’ facilities.