EAST VALLEY CHAMBERS RESPOND TO RISE IN ADA COMPLIANCE LAWSUITS

August 10, 2016

EAST VALLEY CHAMBERS RESPOND TO RISE IN ADA COMPLIANCE LAWSUITS

GILBERT – East Valley Chambers, including Gilbert and Mesa, are working to help local businesses address the sudden rise in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance lawsuits that are being filed against area businesses and property owners.

“In recent months, businesses in many communities have received the threat of lawsuits being filed against them,” said Sally Harrison, CEO of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce. “Our Chambers are responding to provide businesses with the resources to ensure ADA compliance.”

According to Harrison, the Mesa Chamber of Commerce held a forum and invited Attorney Lindsay Leavitt of Jennings, Strouss, and Salmon, PLC to present to business owners. Kathy Tilque, CEO of the Gilbert Chamber, is looking forward to a second forum this month.

“Because of the nature in which businesses are being targeted, we want to be sure they understand that they have options and may not need to immediately sign a settlement,” said Tilque. “It is likely that corrections to any incompliance can be made without need for a settlement or suit.”

An informational forum regarding ADA Compliance will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd at 4:00 p.m. at the Marriott Phoenix-Mesa, 200 N. Centennial Way, in Mesa. Register for this forum or view ADA compliance guides, resources and more by visiting gilbertaz.com/ADAcompliance.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 670 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com.

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