Public Accommodations - Equal Rights
Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination against certain protected groups in businesses and places that are considered "public accommodations"—meaning most businesses or buildings that are open to the general public. With respect to anti-discrimination law, a public accommodation may be either privately owned (such as a retail business) or public (town squares, government buildings, etc.).
Choose a link for more information on discrimination and public accommodations, and visit FindLaw's Discrimination section for related articles and resources.
- Discrimination in Public Accommodations - Overview - Basic information about anti-discrimination laws pertaining to public accommodations, such as restaurants and public parks.
- Public Accommodations and Civil Rights: History and Law - A brief history of how the law has developed around equal access to public accommodations.
- Discrimination in Public Accommodations: Government Enforcement - How the federal and state governments enforce laws prohibiting public accommodation discrimination.
- Disability Discrimination and Public Accommodations (Buildings and Businesses) - Links to articles on disability discrimination in public accommodations, with explanations of relevant laws.