Yankee Candle class action alleges website design denies equal access to blind and visually impaired

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Overview of the Yankee Candle Website Access Class Action:

  • Who: Kevin Yan Luis has filed a class action lawsuit against The Yankee Candle Company, Inc.
  • Why: Yan Luis claims that Yankee Candle has failed to make the Chesapeake Bay Candle section of its website equally accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Or: The class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York.

The Yankee Candle Company has not designed the Chesapeake Bay Candle section of its website to make it equally accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired, according to a new class action lawsuit.

Plaintiff Kevin Yan Luis claims that Yankee Candle violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying blind and visually impaired people equal access to its goods and services.

Yan Luis, who is legally blind, says the Chesapeake Bay Candle section of the Yankee Candle website contains thousands of access barriers that make navigation “difficult, if not impossible” for people who are blind or visually impaired.

According to Yan Luis, barriers to access make it “impossible” to complete a transaction on the website, which excludes blind and visually impaired people from “full and equal participation in the growing internet economy that is increasingly a fundamental element of the common good”. the market and daily life.

The Yankee Candle website uses an all-visual interface inaccessible to the blind and visually impaired

The Chesapeake Bay Candle section of the Yankee Candle website has an all-visual interface, according to the class action, which forces people who are blind or visually impaired to rely on “sighted companions” to help them.

Yan Luis further argues that it is even more important for blind and visually impaired people to be able to access websites and make purchases online than their sighted counterparts due to physical mobility issues.

“By failing to make the Website accessible to persons who are blind, Defendant violates basic equal access requirements under state and federal law,” the class action lawsuit states.

In addition to violating the ADA, Yan Luis claims that Yankee Candle is also in violation of the New York State Human Rights Lawthe New York City Civil Rights Act and the New York City Human Rights Act.

Yan Luis wants to represent a national class and a New York underclass of legally blind individuals who have been denied access to the goods and services offered in the Chesapeake Bay Candle section of the Yankee Candle website.

Plaintiff seeks a jury trial and seeks injunctive and declaratory relief as well as compensatory and statutory damages for himself and all class members.

A separate class action lawsuit was filed against Yankee Candle in 2019 following allegations that the company sold the personal information of its customers to third-party data mining companies.

Have you been denied equal access to the Yankee Candle website? Let us know in the comments!

Plaintiff is represented by Noor A. Saab of Noor A. Saab Law Firm, PC.

the Yankee Candle Web Site Access Class Action is Luis vs. The Yankee Candle Company, Inc.Case No. 1:22-cv-02900, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.



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