eHarmony is being sued because it doesn’t cater to blind people that want to use the dating site.
A new lawsuit says the online dating giant does not use compatible technology to allow blind people to navigate its website, according to Newsweek.
The woman listed as plaintiff in the suit – which names a number of other people – is Mary West, who filed the lawsuit on August 3rd in a New York federal court.
The suit says eHarmony should use new technology like “screen readers and resizable text” which would allow blind online daters to use the service.
Pennsylvania State says this technology includes “invisible descriptions of images which are read aloud to blind users on a screen reader.”
Other sites have implemented such technology, and the class-action lawsuit states that eHarmony is contravening federal and state law by not doing so.
The law says that “public entities” must be made available to people with disabilities.
C.K. Lee of Lee Litigation Group, PLLC, told Newsweek: “There is a significant population of disabled people, and they should have equal access to public facilities like everybody else. They have a right to enjoy public accommodations.”
The suit says eHarmony must change its site to include screen readers and resizable text, so it is accessible for blind users.