Bumble and Bumble class action claims website not accessible to visually impaired, blind visitors

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Bumble and Bumble website class action overview: 

  • Who: A New York consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against Bumble and Bumble. 
  • Why: The plaintiff says the company does not make its website accessible to blind and visually impaired people.
  • Where: Bumble and Bumble website class action was filed in a New York federal court.

Hair styling company Bumble and Bumble does not make its website accessible to blind and visually impaired people using a screen reader, a new class action lawsuit alleges.

Plaintiff Daniel Rodriguez filed the class action lawsuit against Bumble and Bumble LLC Nov. 10 in a New York federal court, alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

Rodriguez is a visually-impaired and legally blind person who requires screen-reading software to read website content using their computer.

According to the complaint, Bumble and Bumble does not make its website www.bumbleandbumble.com accessible to those using a screen reader, in violation of the ADA.

Rodriguez could not use Bumble and Bumble website due to access barriers, lawsuit alleges

On multiple occasions, Rodriguez visited www.bumbleandbumble.com to make a purchase, he says. 

“Despite his efforts, however, he was denied a shopping experience similar to that of a sighted individual due to the website’s lack of a variety of features and accommodations, which effectively barred Plaintiff from being able to determine what specific products were offered for sale,” the lawsuit states.

The barriers included a lack of alt. text, lack of title attributes, and a “host of broken links” that effectively denied Rodriguez from using the website the way a sighted person would. 

Rodriguez looks to represent all legally blind individuals in the United States who have attempted to access the Bumble and Bumble website, plus a New York subclass. 

Rodriguez is suing under the ADA and for violations of the New York Human Rights Act. The plaintiff seeks an injunction forcing Bumble and Bumble to make its website compliant with the ADA, certification of the class action, damages, fees, costs and a jury trial.

Meanwhile, a number of complaints claiming ADA violations have been filed recently against companies such as Whole Foods, HelloFresh, Dell and Mrs. Fields, among others.

The plaintiff is represented by Mark Rozenberg of Stein Saks PLLC.

The Bumble and Bumble class action lawsuit is Daniel Rodriguez v. Bumble and Bumble LLC, Case No. 1:22-cv-06868 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.