Gil v. Winn-Dixie, 11th Circuit Decision on Web Access and the ADA


Peter Blanck
Host: Peter Blanck, JD, Ph.D. –  Chairman Burton Blatt Institute – Syracuse University
Mark Riccobono
Attorney: Mark Riccobono – President of the National Federation of the Blind
Howard Rosenblum
Attorney: Howard Rosenblum – Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
Bruce Sexton
Plantiff: Bruce Sexton – Disability Advocate

Case Summary

On April 7, 2021, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Gil v. Winn-Dixie that websites operated by businesses are not “places of public accommodation” under Title III of the ADA. Gil’s inability to access the Winn-Dixie website, due to his blindness, therefore, was not in violation of the ADA. In the court’s opinion, the company’s website, without a point of sale, did not present an “intangible barrier” to Gil’s shopping for goods and services at Winn-Dixie’s physical stores.

Keywords: Internet, websites, accessibility, ADA Title III, public accommodation, web accessibility