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DC Credit Union Prevails in ADA Case
Monday, February 26, 2018 6:40 AM

Washington, D.C.-based Department of Labor Federal Credit Union has prevailed in a lawsuit brought against it over the accessibility of its website, according to documents filed in a Virginia District Court.

The complaint alleged that the plaintiff couldn’t use the credit union’s website to locate facilities and ATM locations or to learn about the credit union’s services because the website didn’t include certain accommodations for blind users. In a new seven-page order, however, District Judge T. S. Ellis III ruled that the plaintiff did not suffer harm sufficient to give him standing in the case.

“Without membership or even the ability to become a member, there is no harm to plaintiff resulting from his inability to access information about DOL FCU’s services,” Ellis explained. 

“The complaint here does not allege that that plaintiff has any plan to become a member of DOL FCU, nor that plaintiff has any intention of even investigating whether he could become a member of DOL FCU,” the order also said. “Moreover, as explained above, plaintiff could not plausibly allege intent to become a member of DOL FCU because plaintiff is barred from membership.”

DOL FCU is open only to employees, retirees, immediate family members, or spouses of a deceased member of one of the Department of Labor’s eligible organizations, according to the filing.

The judge also noted that the type of harm alleged was a factor in the case.

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