ADA signing President George H.W. Bush signs the ADA into law in 1990.

SACRAMENTO—Places of public accommodation, including most California businesses open to the public, must comply with federal and state laws governing accessibility to persons with disabilities. Failure to comply with these standards can expose landlords and tenants to lawsuits by individuals with disabilities who experience hardship as a result of the non-compliance. These types of lawsuits are particularly prevalent in California because of state laws that allow private individuals to sue for substantial damages in addition to the injunctive relief (meaning court orders to correct the violations) available under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The damages ordinarily include minimum statutory damages of $4,000 per incident, per plaintiff.