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Joshua Stein Quoted in “Harvard Says It Has No Duty to Make Captioned Videos”

Bloomberg BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report

Joshua A. Stein, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s New York office, was mentioned in Bloomberg BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report, in “Harvard Says It Has No Duty to Make Captioned Videos,” by Alexis Kramer.

Following is an excerpt:

Without government regulations imposing a captioning requirement on website operators, maintaining a website with uncaptioned videos doesn't amount to unlawful discrimination, Harvard said. The university objected to a magistrate's recommendation against dismissing a claim that it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide captioning for hearing impaired individuals.

It asked the court to dismiss or stay the claim while the U.S. Justice Department “continues its attempts to develop appropriate standards for the online world.”

The magistrate's recommendation, if adopted, would underscore the DOJ's position that courts have the ability to rule on website accessibility in the absence of such standards, Joshua Stein, a member of the firm at Epstein Becker & Green PC in New York, told Bloomberg BNA March 21.