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Beyoncé's Website Is Breaking The Law, According To New Lawsuit

The suit claims the site is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Parkwood Entertainment, the company that manages Beyoncé's empire, has been hit with a class action lawsuit.

The suit was filed Thursday in New York by a blind woman, Mary Conner, who claims the artist's website is only accessible to sighted people and that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the American Foundation for the Blind, the act requires websites to feature “alt text” in their HTML that allows screen readers (programs that describe what is onscreen) to serve those unable to see. Conner's suit asserts Beyonce.com lacks alt text.

Conner’s attorney, Dan Shaked, wrote Conner discovered this because she's a member of the Beyhive who "dreams of attending a Beyoncé  concert and listening to her music in a live setting. However, when she browsed the Beyonce.com website, she encountered numerous barriers which limited her accessibility to the goods and services offered on the website."

The suit goes on to say "there are many important pictures on Beyonce.com that lack a text equivalent. ... As a result, plaintiff and blind Beyonce.com customers are unable to determine what is on the website, browse the website or investigate and/or make purchases.”

Conner further claims the site lacks ADA-approved drop down menus and often requires users interact with it via mouse.

Other with difficulty accessing Bey's site will be allowed to join the suit. According to Pitchfork, it currently includes "all legally blind individuals in the United States who have attempted to access Beyonce.com."

Neither Queen B nor Parkwood spokespeople have commented on the lawsuit.


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