Public Accommodation Discrimination

Under state law, a “place of public accommodation” is one that holds itself open to, and accepts the business of, the general public. These include, for example, hospitals, restaurants, motels, buses, and many other places. It is illegal to discriminate in public accommodation on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, children, handicap, and receipt of public assistance.

Some examples of such discrimination may include a bus driver forcing a gay couple from a bus for kissing when a heterosexual couple was not similarly treated, or a hotel refusing to offer a vacant room to a couple with young children.