Overview of the class action on the Ladies Professional Golf Association website:
- Who: Lawrence Young has filed a class action lawsuit against the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
- Where: The class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York.
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has failed to make its website fully accessible to people who are blind or partially sighted, according to a new class action lawsuit.
Plaintiff Lawrence Young claims that the LPGA website is not independently usable for people who are blind or visually impaired because it is not fully compatible with screen-reading software.
Young argues that failure to have full and equal access to the LPGA website is “denial of its products and services offered” and is therefore in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“Because defendant’s website…is not equally accessible to blind and visually impaired consumers, it violates the ADA,” the Ladies Professional Golf Association class action lawsuit states.
Young wants to represent a national class and an underclass of individuals in New York City are legally blind and have been denied equal access to goods and services offered on the LPGA website while trying to access it.
LPGA accused of having access barriers on its website that prevent full access for the blind and visually impaired
The LPGA has several access barriers on its website that make it not fully compatible with screen-reading software used by blind or visually impaired people to browse the Internet, according to the class action lawsuit. the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
Young argues that the alleged denial of equal access to goods and services, in addition to violating the ADA, would also increase the “sense of isolation and stigma” among people who are blind or visually impaired.
In addition to allegedly violating the ADA, Young claims the LPGA is in violation of New York State Human Rights Law. He seeks a jury trial and seeks declaratory relief and injunctive relief as well as an award of statutory and punitive damages for himself and all class members.
A similar class action lawsuit was filed against Harvard University earlier this month by an individual claiming the institution did not make its website fully accessible for blind or visually impaired people.
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Plaintiff is represented by Dana L. Gottlieb, Michael A. LaBollita and Jeffrey M. Gottlieb of Gottlieb & Associates.
The Class action on the Ladies Professional Golf Association website is Young v. Ladies Professional Golf Association, Inc.Case No. 1:22-cv-08806, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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