Company Websites and Applicant Disabilities

In recent employment cases filed in California, plaintiffs — potential job applicants — have alleged California employers have an obligation to make their job application websites accessible to the visually impaired under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the state’s version of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Under this law, employers must take affirmative, proactive measures to ensure those with disabilities have the same access to their goods and services as do sighted job applicants. However, employers do not have an obligation to provide the specific requested accommodation from applicants. Employers must simply provide an effective accommodation.
Steps Employers Can Take