PHILLIP SULLIVAN, JR., represented by LEE LITIGATION GROUP, PLLC , filed suit in State of New York on August 7, 2019 alleging that ESRT OBSERVATORY TRS, L.L.C. d/b/a THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, website www.esbnyc.com is not accessible using the following testing standard(s): WCAG 2.1, Section 508. ESRT OBSERVATORY TRS, L.L.C. d/b/a THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, is in the Real Estate industry.
The plaintiff alleges the following issues:
This case arises out of Defendant’s policy and practice of denying the deaf and hard-of-hearing access to the Website, including the goods and services offered by Defendant through the Website. Due to Defendant’s failure and refusal to remove access barriers to the Website, deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals have been and are being denied equal access to the Website, as well as to the numerous goods, services and benefits offered to the public through the Website.
The specific laws that ESRT OBSERVATORY TRS, L.L.C. d/b/a THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, allegedly violated include:
Violation of New York State Human Rights Law, N.Y. Exec. Law, Article 15 (Executive Law § 292 et seq.)
Violation of New York State Civil Rights Law, NY CLS Civ R, Article 4 (CLS Civ R § 40 et seq.)
Violation of New York City Human Rights Law, N.Y.C. Administrative Code § 8-102, et seq.)
The plaintiff is seeking the following (Prayer for relief):
- A preliminary and permanent injunction to prohibit Defendant from violating the N.Y. Exec. Law § 296, et seq., N.Y.C. Administrative Code § 8-107, et seq., and the laws of New York;
- A preliminary and permanent injunction requiring Defendant to take all the steps necessary to make the Website fully functional and compliant with WCAG 2.1 A and AA Standards, so that the Website is readily accessible to and usable by deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and other individuals with impairments, such as those who are visually impaired.
- A declaration that Defendant owns, maintains, and/or operates the Website in a manner which discriminates against the deaf and hard of hearing, and which fails to provide access for persons with disabilities as required by N.Y. Exec. Law § 296, et seq., N.Y.C. Administrative Code § 8-107, et seq., and the laws of New York;
- Compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by proof, including all 17 of 18 applicable statutory damages and fines, to Plaintiff for violations of their civil rights under New York State Human Rights Law and City Law;
- Plaintiff’s reasonable attorneys’ fees, statutory damages, expenses, and costs of suit as provided by state law;
- For pre- and post-judgment interest to the extent permitted by law; and
- Such other and further relief as the Court deems just and proper.