Effective Monday, April 28, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (Department) has increased the maximum civil fines and penalties it may impose for violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For violations occurring on or after April 28, 2014, the Department may impose a monetary penalty up to $75,000 for a first violation and $150,000 for any subsequent penalty. These amounts are in addition to any monetary relief the Department may seek on behalf of aggrieved individuals. Under Title III of the ADA, only the Department may request monetary relief. Accordingly, the increased fines and penalties will be at issue only in litigation involving, and in administrative actions before, the Department.
For any violations occurring before April 28, 2014, the current maximums remain in effect: $55,000 for a first violation and $110,000 for any subsequent violation.