As reported in the news, some unsuspecting small business owners have received letters threatening legal action due to supposed non-compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). While the ADA is well-intended, the attorney threatening lawsuits is not and is now facing possible disbarment.
If you receive a threat related to ADA compliance, before racking up attorney fees, you may want to first call the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board and/or the Department of Justice.
The Department of Justice operates a toll-free ADA Information Line (800) 514-0301 voice and (800) 514-0383 TDD.
The ADA requires that accessibility be improved without taking on excessive expenses that could harm the business. In some cases, it may not be possible or required for businesses, especially small businesses, to make their facilities fully accessible. There is much that can be done without much difficulty or expense to improve accessibility.
Tax credits and deductions: Small businesses may be able to access tax credits and deductions to help cover costs associated with compliance with the Americans with Disability Act. See ADA for Small Businesses and Download guide.
This is not intended to be legal advice. Small Business Minnesota does not offer legal advice; we only provide resources that may or may not be of value in legal situation. If you need legal assistance related to small businesses, we will put you in contact with a Small Business Minnesota members who are independent attorneys.