Robinhood Sued in Class Action, Alleging Website Inaccessibility and Discrimination Against Blind Users

February 5, 2021

By Steve Helland

A blind user has sued the stock-trading app Robinhood for in accessibility and disability discrimination.

Robinhood Markets, Inc., owner of the now infamous Robinhood stock-trading app, has been sued in a federal class action lawsuit for alleged disability discrimination. Sanchez v. Robinhood Markets, Inc., F.D.N.Y., Case #1:21-cv-00939.

Plaintiff Christian Sanchez alleges that is not equally accessible to blind and visually-impaired individuals in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the New York Human Rights Law.

Mr. Sanchez and his attorney, Joseph H. Mizrahi, are active litigants in this area, and on the same day, February 3, 2021, filed nearly identical lawsuits against Forbes, Morningstar, Investor’s Business Daily and Webull Financial.

Mr. Sanchez is seeking financial damages as well as an injunction requiring Robinhood to make revisions to its website so that it conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)  and is ”readily accessible to and usable by blind individuals.”

Each year, thousands of website accessibility, app-accessibility and similar accessible-tech lawsuits are filed in state and federal courts. For more information on this topic and Fredrikson & Byron’s work advising and defending website owners and operators, including on ADA compliance, accessible-tech and accessible Internet-of-Things (IoT), visit our Website Accessibility Group.