Foodservice Equipment Reports

NRA: Give Ops Time To Address ADA Issues

The Americans with Disabilities Act is making it easier for restaurants to welcome all potential customers, but it is leading to “abusive lawsuits,” according to legislation supported by the National Restaurant Association.

The association has submitted testimony to Congress supporting a bill providing restaurant and other businesses time to check into and fixed alleged accessibility problems before lawsuits are filed.

The Access Act, officially known as H.R. 3356, would require potential plaintiffs to provide businesses with advance notice of accessibility problems. Business owners would then have 60 days to investigate the problem and provide the complainant with a description outlining improvements; businesses would have an additional 120 days to correct alleged accessibility problems.

The NRA testified that the Act “would help prevent lawsuit abuse, while conserving a restaurant's resources to improve accessibility.”