Carrie Bradon Feb. 2, 2016, 2:13pm


PITTSBURGH — Two visually impaired women are suing a Las Vegas casino, seeking a permanent injunction that would abolish digital access barriers that allegedly prevent blind individuals from using websites.

Michelle Sipe and Jill Gross filed a lawsuit Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against American Casino and Entertainment Properties LLC, alleging substantive violation.

According to the complaint, Sipe and Gross, as well as other visually impaired individuals, rely upon computers that are able to read online webpages. In order for these pages to be read by such devices, the suit says, it is necessary for companies to configure their webpages to be compatible with the devices.

The lawsuit states Sipe and Gross have been unable to take part in activities on American Casino and Entertainment's website due to its failure to comply with ADA requirements.

Sipe and Gross seek a permanent injunction requiring the defendant to end such barriers for digital access, plus legal fees. They are represented by attorneys R. Bruce Carlson, Benjamin J. Sweet and Stephanie K. Goldin of Carlson Lynch Sweet & Kilpela LLP in Pittsburgh.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-00124

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