Unruh Civil Rights Act

The Unruh Civil Rights Act (California Civil Code Section 51) provides protection from discrimination by all business establishments in California, including housing and public accommodations, because of age, ancestry, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation. Other State laws relating to prohibitions of discrimination based on disability include California Civil Codes Sections 54 through 55.2.

Full text of the law:

California Civil Code Section 51

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Legal Rights for Persons with Disabilities (PDF), a publication at the California State Attorney General's Website. Proceed to Chapter 3 - Nondiscrimination in Businesses and Services.


For more information regarding the application or enforcement of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, see the Department of Fair Employment and Housing Fact Sheet titled "General Information about the Unruh Civil Rights Act" (PDF).