A lawsuit has been filed against AEW over claims the company has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act with WWE previously settling a similar claim.
Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics was first to report that All Elite Wrestling LLC has had a lawsuit filed by plaintiff Luigi Abreu claiming that the company has breached the Americans with Disabilities Act. The claim states that ShopAEW.com, the company’s merchandise website is not accessible to those with visual impairments.
The ADA states that a company’s website must accommodate the use of screen readers but Abreu’s claim states that the website’s narrating feature does not read product names, CAPTCHAs, or links correctly.
The full claim states that the defendant is seeking “a preliminary and permanent injunction, other declaratory relief, statutory damages, actual and punitive damages, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, and reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses.” Abreu, who has brought similar claims against several companies, is also requesting a trial by jury to decide the outcome of his complaints.
A plaintiff has filed a class action complaint against All Elite Wrestling, LLC for allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, claiming https://t.co/HckO1NRSoH isn't accessible to visually-impaired people. pic.twitter.com/4MYmA2CS2y
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) May 4, 2022
It should be noted that a similar lawsuit was brought against WWE by Josue Romero back in 2020 with the sports entertainment giant opting to settle that claim in short order.
AEW nor company President Tony Khan has commented publicly on the case.