Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is charged with enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act. The summaries and links below discuss DOJ's enforcement options.

Lawsuits for ADA Violations

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
1994

Status reports, briefs, and settlement information will help you stay up-to-date on precedent-setting ADA litigation. Unsuccessful negotiations or mediation may lead to federal lawsuits. Courts can order compensatory damages, back pay, or civil penalties up to $55,000 for the first violation and $110,000 for any subsequent one. 

Alternative to Litigation 

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Mediation Program Established: 1994 

Mediation, which is confidential and voluntary, can resolve some ADA disputes quickly and satisfactorily – without the expense and delay of formal investigation and litigation.