Articles Posted in ADA, Unruh Act

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door-button-758000-m.jpgClick here for the link to Part 1 of this Article dealing with the ADA or here for the link to Part 2 of this Article dealing with the Unruh Act and California’s Construction Related Accessibility Standards Act.

Commercial property owners are now required to notify lessees about their property’s compliance with accessibility standards. Civil Code Section 1938 now states: A commercial property owner or lessor shall state on every lease form or rental agreement executed on or after July 1, 2013 whether the property being leased or rented has undergone inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), and, if so, whether the property has or has not been determined to meet all applicable standards pursuant to Section 55.53.

The top 10 complaints received by California Commission on Disability Access are:

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The Unruh Act is California’s state law equivalent of the ADA. The Unruh Act incorporates many provisions of the ADA, but there are some differences between the two statutes. As one major example, the Unruh Act provides for payment of damages to a plaintiff where the ADA does not allow for damages.

Another significant area of difference with the ADA is how the Unruh Act handles certain accessibility claims in public accommodations. The Construction Related Accessibility Standards Act was added to California’s Unruh Act in 2009 and was amended in 2012.

The Construction Related Accessibility Standards Act contains procedures that can help certain defendants avoid some of the turmoil and expense associated with a construction-related accessibility claim. An accessibility claim asserts that a defendant failed to adhere to statutory access standards of a business that is open to the public.
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handicap-1177156-m.jpgThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the federal law that requires all people receive full and equal access to public accommodations. Title Ill of the ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation by any person who owns, leases or operates a place of public accommodation.

Public accommodations are defined as goods, services and privileges that are made available to the public. The ADA established requirements for twelve categories of public accommodations, which include:

• shopping malls,
• stores,
• restaurants,
• bars,
• service establishments,
• theaters,
• hotels,
• recreational facilities,
• private museums and schools,
• doctors’ and dentists’ offices,
• and other businesses.
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