Senators write DOJ sharing CUNA concerns over ADA, websites

Six Senators wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday with concerns shared by CUNA over how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites. Credit unions around the country are facing legal threats due to uncertainty over how to make websites compliant with the ADA, and CUNA has made finding a solution a top priority. “Right […]

Six Senators wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday with concerns shared by CUNA over how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites. Credit unions around the country are facing legal threats due to uncertainty over how to make websites compliant with the ADA, and CUNA has made finding a solution a top priority.

“Right now it is not clear the ADA applies to websites. This leaves businesses and property owners unsure what standards, if any, govern their online services,” the letter reads. “To date, the Department [of Justice] has not issued guidance or regulations to provide clarity, and conflicting court opinions have created even more confusion.”

The letter was signed by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Michael Rounds (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Their letter follow similar letters sent to Sessions by 103 members of Congress in June and from 19 state attorneys general in July.

CUNA and leagues around the country have written to and met with policymakers at the state and federal level to urge the DOJ to clarify if and how the ADA applies to website accessibility.

CUNA has teamed up with leagues in several states to file briefs in support of credit unions hit with lawsuits (most recently at the appellate level), worked to get language addressing the issue added to a House appropriations bill and met with Department of Justice officials.

CUNA also has compliance resources available for credit unions.

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