Discrimination Lawsuit Targets Apple In-store POS System

Apple is facing a class action lawsuit over claims that the handheld POS system the company uses for in-store sales discriminates against the visually impaired. According to the filing, Apple doesn't offer a way for the visually impaired to enter debit card PIN codes during transactions.

Class action lawsuit says Apple's in-store POS system discriminates against the visually imparedClass action lawsuit says Apple's in-store POS system discriminates against the visually impaired

The lawsuit stated that Apple "does not provide any auxiliary aids or services calculated to make its POS Devices fully accessible to, and independently usable by, blind people," according to TUAW. It goes on to say that the plaintiff, David New, wants to continue shopping at Apple's retail stores and is seeking to get a court order requiring Apple to install ADA-compliant credit and debit card readers.

Other retailers offer ADA-compliant card readers where the visually impaired can enter debit card PINs without assistance, and a trip to your local grocery store or convenience store proves that in short order. Those devices are in place no only because it makes it possible for customers with limited or no sight to make card-based purchases without assistance, but also because it's a requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"As a result of [Apple's] non-compliance with the ADA, Plaintiff and the Class, unlike persons without visual impairments, cannot independently make a debit purchase at Defendant's stores." the lawsuit states.

Mr. New filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida several days ago. Apple hasn't commented on the case.