Visually impaired man alleges Foot Locker did not comply with disability requirements

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 12, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania man is suing Foot Locker, alleging it failed to comply with digital access barrier legislation.

Robert Jahoda filed a lawsuit July 31 in U.S. District Court for the Western District Court of Pennsylvania against Foot Locker Inc., alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to the complaint, Jahoda is a visually impaired man who relies on a computer, which is re-configured for people suffering with vision problems. Many websites are able to be read by the computer, however, certain barriers exist that put limitations of the computer's capabilities.

The suit states the plaintiff tried to access the website multiple times but was denied access for a number of reasons, including lack of alternative text, redundant links and no-script elements.

Jahoda seeks damages for costs of the suit, legal and attorney fees, as well as permanent injunction and declaratory judgment. He is represented by attorneys R. Bruce Carlson, Benamin 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 2:15-cv-01000

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