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Governor Brown Signs a Law to Help Small Businesses Defend Against State Disability Access Lawsuits

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

On May 10, 2016 Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 269 (SB 269) which amends certain California statutes dealing with disability access in public accommodations and business establishments.Beth-West-15_web SB 269 is not a new law, but rather, an effort by the Legislature and Governor Brown to amend existing law in order to address the significant financial hardship that “drive-by” and “technical non-compliance” lawsuits are having on small businesses in California.  Both federal and state court dockets in California are inundated with lawsuits filed against small businesses by professional plaintiffs and their attorneys who have created a cottage industry by filing lawsuits for technical violations of federal and state disabled access standards.

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