Accessible Holiday Decorations

Accessible Holiday Decorations

It's that time of the year when businesses get into the holiday spirit and display decorations to celebrate the season. Displaying a Christmas tree or other holiday arrangements can be beautiful and bring joy to your clients and employees. Unfortunately, here in California the holiday season is also a busy time of year for serial litigants. It is important to think about accessibility when displaying holiday decorations because you may be exposing yourself to an ADA lawsuit if they are displaying in the wrong location. Here are a few things to think about when decorating your space:

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What Do Serial Litigants Look For?

What Do Serial Litigants Look For?

A Serial litigant is someone that files many accessibility related lawsuits for financial gain. There several serial litigants active in every US city but they are especially active in California where litigation is a common. With minimal effort to gather evidence and an average settlement award of $7,000 - $10,000, serial litigants are not slowing down.

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Tenant Improvements Trigger Barrier Removal

Tenant Improvements Trigger Barrier Removal

When you make an alteration, you are required to remove barriers to accessibility on the path of travel to that area of alteration. If the overall construction costs are below the valuation threshold ($156,162.00), the city will require you to allocate an additional 20% of the overall construction costs toward path of travel upgrades. If the alteration exceeds the valuation threshold, the city will determine the amount required for barrier removal.

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