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Va. CUs sued over websites' inaccessibility to the visually impaired

Nine Virginia-based credit unions were sued for failing to make their websites accessible to the visually impaired, the Credit Union Times reported Oct. 5.

The nine are Richmond-based Cadmus Credit Union Inc. and Virginia Credit Union Inc., Chesapeake-based ABNB FCU, Roanoke-based Blue Eagle CU and Member One FCU, Alexandria-based NRL FCU, Falls Church-based Arlington Community FCU, Henrico's Henrico FCU and Tysons-based Pentagon FCU.

NRL has reportedly resolved its part of the lawsuit.

The lawsuits, which were filed in the state's district courts, allege the credit unions' websites were not embedded with the code that would allow screen readers to describe graphics, or contained links with no readable text, or had redundant links. The lawsuits also claim the institutions were informed about the problems and did not fix them. The plaintiffs allege the inaccessibility is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

They seek injunctive relief, damages, interest and legal fees, according to the Credit Union Times.