Business Owners: Beware, Congress recently made changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act. They tinkered with the requirements for places of public accommodation. To assist businesses in full compliance, a safe harbor was created for businesses/properties that previously complied with the old rules. So, if you were in compliance before the changes, you are ok today.
The challenge for the ADA Defense of business owners or property owners is that just because there was compliance on one issue doesn't mean they are in compliance on all issues. This is especially true when there is a lawsuit involved. Simply because you have been sued once, doesn't mean that your business or property can't be sued again.
There are many new issues which should be inspected before you can feel safe from an ADA threat. Some of the new cases we see in the court house have to do with ticket sales, condominium hotels, hotel reservations, parking requirements, accessible bathrooms, and requiring VRI (video remote interpreting) for all businesses.