ADA compliance workshops scheduled to inform small business owners |

ADA compliance workshops scheduled to inform small business owners

Sun staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; A series of workshops will take place in the region over the next month to inform small-business owners of Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.The workshops are being conducted in response to an andamp;#8220;alarmingandamp;#8221; number of lawsuits being filed in the region against small businesses for andamp;#8220;minorandamp;#8221; ADA/accessibility issues such as railing height or parking lot striping colors, according to a press release from the office of Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin.Many businesses have reportedly been forced to close because they canandamp;#8217;t afford to operate after settling the lawsuits, the release stated.Assemblywoman Gaines will also provide information on Assembly Bills 1878 and 1879, according to the release, aimed at curtailing andamp;#8220;frivolous ADA lawsuitsandamp;#8221; and pinpointing conflicting state and federal ADA regulations.Panelists will include Tom Scott, executive director for California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, and David Peters, CEO and general counsel for Lawyers Against Lawsuit Abuse, who has been consulted in more than 850 ADA lawsuits throughout the country.Here is the workshop schedule:andamp;#8226; Monday, 6-8 p.m. at Rocklin Sunset Center Main Hall, 2650 Sunset Blvd. in Rocklin.andamp;#8226; Tuesday, 7-9 a.m. at Orangevale Community Center Auditorium, 6826 Hazel Ave. in Orangevale.andamp;#8226; April 25, 7-9 a.m. at Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville.andamp;#8226; April 30, 6-8 p.m. at Truckee Donner PUD Board Chambers, 11570 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.