Beyoncés Production Company Sued Over Website Accessibility

first_imgStay on target So far, 2019 hasn’t been good to Beyoncé Knowles. Her company Parkwood Entertainment has been hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming the superstar’s website, Beyonce.com violates the Americans With Disabilities Act by denying visually impaired users equal access to its products and services, according to the Hollywood Reporter.The plaintiff, New York resident Mary Conner, claims the website isn’t fully accessible for her and for millions of others who have visual impairments.Website accessibility requires photos to be coded with alt-text so that screen-readers used by visually impaired users can speak the alternative text. Conner claims that because Beyonce.com is “an exclusively visual interface” she’s unable to browse the site and make online purchases without the assistance of a sighted companion, THR reported.“There are many important pictures on beyonce.com that lack a text equivalent … As a result, Plaintiff and blind beyonce.com customers are unable to determine what is on the website, browse the website or investigate and/or make purchases,” Conner’s attorney Dan Shaked wrote in the complaint.Conner is described in the filing as having “no vision whatsoever.”Shaked describes music as “the one and only form of entertainment that truly presents an even playing field between the visually impaired and the sighted.”He added: “Plaintiff dreams of attending a Beyonce concert and listening to her music in a live setting. However, when she browsed the Beyonce.com website, she encountered numerous barriers which limited her accessibility to the goods and services offered on the website.”The complaint also lists issues that include the lack of accessible drop-down menus and navigation links, and the inability to navigate using a keyboard instead of a mouse.The lawsuit includes “all legally blind individuals in the United States who have attempted to access Beyonce.com and as a result have been denied access to the enjoyment of goods and services offered by Beyonce.com, during the relevant statutory period.”Conner is seeking a court injunction that would require Beyoncé’s company to make the site accessible to blind and visually impaired customers in accordance with ADA rules, and is asking for compensatory damages for those who have “been subject to unlawful discrimination.”Read the full complaint here.More on Geek.com:Netflix, WB Settle ‘Satanic’Lawsuit Over ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’Utah Must Cover $475K in Legal Fees After Losing ‘Deadpool’ SuitWatch: Meet the Inspiring Blind Gamer Who Beats Pros at ‘Street Fighter V’ YouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law ViolationLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google last_img

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