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California - Unruh Civil Rights Act

 

Deering's California Codes Annotated 
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*** THIS DOCUMENT REFLECTS ALL URGENCY LEGISLATION ENACTED *** 
*** THROUGH 2006 CH. 65, APPROVED 7/12/06 ***


CIVIL CODE   
Division 1.  Persons   
Part 2.  Personal Rights


Cal Civ Code § 51 (2006)


§ 51.  Citation of section; Civil rights of persons in business establishments; Definitions  



(a) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

(b) All persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status, or sexual orientation are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever. 

(c) This section shall not be construed to confer any right or privilege on a person that is conditioned or limited by law or that is applicable alike to persons of every sex, color, race, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status, or sexual orientation. 

(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any construction, alteration, repair, structural or otherwise, or modification of any sort whatsoever, beyond that construction, alteration, repair, or modification that is otherwise required by other provisions of law, to any new or existing establishment, facility, building, improvement, or any other structure, nor shall anything in this section be construed to augment, restrict, or alter in any way the authority of the State Architect to require construction, alteration, repair, or modifications that the State Architect otherwise possesses pursuant to other laws. 

(e) For purposes of this section: 

  (1) "Disability" means any mental or physical disability as defined in Sections 12926 and 12926.1 of the Government Code. 

  (2) "Medical condition" has the same meaning as defined in subdivision (h) of Section 12926 of the Government Code. 

  (3) "Religion" includes all aspects of religious belief, observance, and practice. 

  (4) "Sex" has the same meaning as defined in subdivision (p) of Section 12926 of the Government Code. 

  (5) "Sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status, or sexual orientation" includes a perception that the person has any particular characteristic or characteristics within the listed categories or that the person is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any particular characteristic or characteristics within the listed categories. 

  (6) (6) "Sexual orientation" has the same meaning as defined in subdivision (q) of Section 12926 of the Government Code. 

(f) A violation of the right of any individual under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336) shall also constitute a violation of this section.

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§ 51.5.  Discrimination by business establishment prohibited 



(a) No business establishment of any kind whatsoever shall discriminate against, boycott or blacklist, or refuse to buy from, contract with, sell to, or trade with any person in this state on account of any characteristic listed or defined in subdivision (b) or (e) of Section 51, or of the person's partners, members, stockholders, directors, officers, managers, superintendents, agents, employees, business associates, suppliers, or customers, because the person is perceived to have one or more of those characteristics, or because the person is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.