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What are the penalties for non-compliant websites?

The penalties for non-compliant websites can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in places of public accommodation, and this includes websites. If a website is found to be in violation of the ADA, it could potentially be subject to legal action.

In some cases, a business may be required to make their website accessible and pay damages to individuals who were unable to access the website due to their disabilities. This can involve making changes to the website to make it more accessible, such as adding alternative text for images, adding captions to videos, or ensuring that the website’s navigation is usable with a keyboard. The business may also be required to pay attorney’s fees and other costs associated with the lawsuit.

In addition to monetary damages, a non-compliant website may also be subject to other penalties. For example, the business may be required to implement policies and procedures to ensure that their website remains compliant with ADA regulations in the future. The business may also be required to undergo training on website accessibility and disability rights.

It is important to note that even if a business did not intentionally exclude disabled individuals from accessing their website, they may still be found in violation of the ADA if their website is not compliant. This is because the ADA imposes a strict liability standard, meaning that a business can be held responsible for any discrimination that occurs, regardless of intent.

To avoid being subject to penalties for having a non-compliant website, it is important to take steps to ensure that your website is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. This can involve following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, which provide a set of standards for website accessibility, and testing the website’s accessibility using tools such as the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool or the Accessibility Insights for Web.

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