November 08, 2018

DOJ's Sessions resigns; NAFCU seeks ADA clarity

ADAAttorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday as requested by President Donald Trump. NAFCU has pressed the Justice Department (DOJ) to provide clarity to credit unions regarding website accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will take over in the interim as the acting head of the DOJ.

NAFCU has been active on the uncertainty over ADA standards throughout the past year and has engaged with the DOJ and Congress to provide guidance. The DOJ has never promulgated regulations regarding website accessibility for public accommodations and last December withdrew previously issued advanced notices of proposed rulemakings on this subject.

The association has filed 16 amicus briefs in seven different states to support credit unions targeted by ADA website accessibility litigation. So far, seven of the complaints in which NAFCU has supported the credit union have been dismissed.