State Public Accommodation Laws

4/8/2019

A hotel clerk gives a guest a room keyFive states—Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas—do not have a public accommodation law for nondisabled individuals. All states with a public accommodation law prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, ancestry and religion. In addition, 18 jurisdictions prohibit discrimination based on marital status, 25 prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and 21 prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. Nineteen jurisdictions also prohibit age-based discrimination in areas of public accommodation.

 This chart lists those prohibitions, as well as the statute which defines what areas count as places/areas of public accommodation.

 

Public Accommodation Laws

Jurisdiction

Statute

Definition

Race/ Color

Sex / Gender

Ancestry/ National Origin

Religion/ Creed

Marital Status

Sexual Orientation

Gender Identity

Age

Alaska

Alaska Stat. §18.80.230

Alaska Stat. §18.80.300

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

Arizona

Ariz. Rev. Stat. §41-1442

Ariz. Rev. Stat. §41-1441

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Arkansas

Ark. Code §16-123-107

Ark. Code §16-123-102

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

California

Cal. Civ. Code §51[1]

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

Colorado

Colo. Rev. Stat. §24-34-601

Colo. Rev. Stat. §24-34-601

X

X

X

X

X

X

X[2]

 

Connecticut

Conn. Gen. Stat. §§46a-64, 81d

Conn. Gen. Stat. §46a-63

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Delaware

Del. Code tit. 6, §4504

Del. Code tit. 6, §4502

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Florida

Fla. Stat. §§413.08, 760.08

Fla. Stat. §413.08

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Hawaii

Hawaii Rev. Stat. §489-3

Hawaii Rev. Stat. §489-2

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

Idaho

Idaho Code §67-5909

Idaho Code §67-5902

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Illinois

Ill. Comp. Stat. Ch. 775, §5/1-102

Ill. Comp. Stat. Ch. 775, §5/5-101

X

X

X

X

X

X

X[3]

X

Indiana

Indiana Code §22-9-1-2

Indiana Code §22-9-1-3

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Iowa

Iowa Code §216.7

Iowa Code §216.2

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

Kansas

Kan. Stat. §§44-1001

Kan. Stat. §44-1002

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Kentucky

Ky. Rev. Stat. §§344.120, 145

Ky. Rev. Stat. §344.130

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Louisiana

La. Rev. Stat. §51:2247

La. Rev. Stat. §51:2232

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

X

Maine

Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 5, §§4552, 4591

Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 5, §4553

X

X

X

X

 

X

X[4]

 

Maryland

Md. Code, State Gov’t §20-304

Md. Code, State Gov’t §20-301

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Massachusetts

Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 272, §98

Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 272, §92A

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

Michigan

Mich. Comp. Laws §§37.1102, 2302

Mich. Comp. Laws §37.2301

X

X

X

X

X

X[11]

 

X

Minnesota

Minn. Stat. §363A.11

Minn. Stat. §363A.03

X

X

X

X

X

X

X[5]

 

Missouri

Mo. Stat. §213.065

Mo. Stat. §213.010

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Montana

Mont. Code §49-2-304

Mont. Code §49-2-101

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

X

Nebraska

Neb. Rev. Stat. §20-134

Neb. Rev. Stat. §20-133

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Nevada

Nev. Rev. Stat. §651.070

Nev. Rev. Stat. §651.050

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

New Hampshire

N.H. Rev. Stat. §354-A:17

N.H. Rev. Stat. §155:39-A

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

New Jersey

N.J. Stat. §10:5-12

N.J. Stat. §10:5-5

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

New Mexico

N.M. Stat. §28-1-7(f)

N.M. Stat. §28-1-2

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

New York

N.Y. Civil Rights Law §40-c[6]

N.Y. Executive Law §292

X

X

X

X

X

X[12]

X[12]

 

North Dakota

N.D. Cent. Code §14-02.4-14

N.D. Cent. Code §14-02.4-02

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

X

Ohio

Ohio Rev. Code §4112.02

Ohio Rev. Code §4112.01

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

X

Oklahoma

Okla. Stat. tit. 25, §1402

Okla. Stat. tit. 25, §1401

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

X

Oregon

Or. Rev. Stat. §659A.403

Or. Rev. Stat. §659A.400

X

X

X

X

X

X

X[7]

X

Pennsylvania

Penn. Stat. tit. 43, §953

Penn. Stat. tit. 43, §954

X

X

X

X

 

X[13]

X[13]

X

Rhode Island

R.I. Gen. Laws §11-24-2

R.I. Gen. Laws §11-24-3

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

South Carolina

S.C. Code §45-9-10

S.C. Code §45-9-10

X

X[8]

X

X

 

 

 

X[9]

South Dakota

S.D. Cod. Laws §20-13-23

S.D. Cod. Laws §20-13-1

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Tennessee

Tenn. Code §4-21-501

Tenn. Code §4-21-102

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

X

Utah

Utah Code §13-7-3

Utah Code §13-7-2

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Vermont

Vt. Stat. tit. 9, §4502

Vt. Stat. tit. 9, §4501

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

Virginia

Va. Code §2.2-3900

 

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

X

Washington

Wash. Rev. Code §49.60.215

Wash. Rev. Code §49.60.040

X

X

X

X

 

X

X[10]

 

West Virginia

W. Va. Code §5-11-2

W. Va. Code §5-11-3

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

X

Wisconsin

Wis. Stat. §106.52

Wis. Stat. §106.52

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

 

Wyoming

Wyo. Stat. §6-9-101

 

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

District of Columbia

D.C. Code §2-1402.31

D.C. Code §2-1401.02

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

[1] California does not specify their anti-discrimination law to public accommodations, but instead extends the protection to “all business establishments of every kind whatsoever.”

[2] See Colo. Rev. Stat. §24-34-301

[3] See Ill. Comp. Stat. Ch. 775, §5/1-103

[4] See Me. Rev. Stat., tit. 5, §4553

[5] See Minn. Stat. §363A.03

[6] N.Y. Civil Rights Law §40-c does not specify their anti-discrimination law to public accommodations, but instead prohibits discrimination “by any other person or by any firm, corporation or institution, or by the state or any agency or subdivision of the state.”

[7] See Or. Rev. Stat. §174.100.

[8] S.C. Code §1-13-20 provides individuals additional protection against discrimination on the basis of sex and age. See South Carolina Human Affairs Commission: Investigative Process of Section 1-13-90(e) & Public Accommodations (last checked February 16, 2015).

[9] Id.