H.R.620 - ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017
The reality is, over 90% of ADA lawsuits fail anyway, mainly because of the weasel word "reasonable". As long as the employer or owner can show they've made a reasonable attempt to remedy or provided a reasonable accomodation, they're off the hook. This is why, decades after the ADA was passed, thousands of public accommodations across the US are still not handicapped-accessible. They've had decades to address their issues, and they haven't bothered, and they've nearly all gotten away with it. So, this bill really only codifies what the situation has been all along.(Sec. 3) The bill prohibits civil actions based on the failure to remove an architectural barrier to access into an existing public accommodation unless: (1) the aggrieved person has provided to the owners or operators a written notice specific enough to identify the barrier, and (2) the owners or operators fail to provide the person with a written description outlining improvements that will be made to improve the barrier or they fail to remove the barrier or make substantial progress after providing such a description. The aggrieved person's notice must specify: (1) the address of the property, (2) the specific ADA sections alleged to have been violated, (3) whether a request for assistance in removing an architectural barrier was made, and (4) whether the barrier was permanent or temporary.