The Department of Justice has released final regulations increasing the maximum penalty fines under Americans with Disabilities Act violations in public accommodations.
Under the final rule, which goes into effect April 28, the maximum penalty will increase from $55,000 to $75,000.
For subsequent violations, the maximum will increase from $110,000 to $150,000.
The increase is authorized by the Federal Civil Penalties Adjustment Act of 1990, which allows the DOJ to increase penalties to keep up with inflation. The DOJ, however, had not adjusted these figures since 1999.
The regulations pertain to Title III of the ADA, which covers businesses, restaurants, movie theaters and other entities open to public that are required by the ADA to accommodate people with disabilities.