Feb. 12, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has endorsed legislation introduced by Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) that would give small businesses an opportunity to review and comply with an alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) before a lawsuit is filed. The bill is currently referred to as the ADA Notification Act.
"We applaud Rep. Foley for his continued efforts to correct the unintended consequences of this important law," Steven C. Anderson, NRA president and chief executive officer, said in a release. "We firmly believe that excessive litigation does not further the cause of access."
Foley's bill would ensure restaurants and other places of public accommodation are notified about an alleged ADA violation and given 90 days to correct the alleged violation before a lawsuit may be filed.
"Just one such lawsuit could drive any small restaurant out of business, not to mention divert time, attention and money away from accessibility and toward litigation," Anderson said. "A cooperative approach such as notification allows business owners to make corrections in their operations, if such corrections are needed, and ensures a beneficial solution to both business owners and individuals with disabilities."