PITTSBURGH – A not-for-profit has sued a tools company over a claim that its website’s content is not totally accessible to the blind and the visually impaired.
Michelle Sipe, R. David New and Access Now Inc. filed a lawsuit March 16 in the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc. alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to the lawsuit, Harbor Freight Tools’ website contains digital barriers which limit the ability of blind and visually impaired consumers to access website content.
Sipe, New and Access Now Inc. are seeking a permanent injunction requiring a change in Harbor Freight Tools USA Inc.’s website to become and remain accessible to the blind and visually impaired, as well as payment of costs of suit and payment of reasonable attorneys’ fees.
They are being represented by attorneys R. Bruce Carlson, Benjamin J. Sweet and Stephanie K. Goldin of Carlson Lynch Sweet & Kilpela L.L.P. of Pittsburgh.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Court Case number 2:16-cv-00314-AJS