Public Accomodations Discrimination Revisited

Esq | 12/8/2010, 5:49 p.m.

A claim under 2-1402.31(a)(1) [of the DCHRA] ultimately requires proof that (1) the plaintiff belongs to a protected class; (2) the defendant denied the plaintiff "goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, [or] accommodations of any place of public accommodations"; and (3) the defendant did so "wholly or partially for a discriminatory reason

'Racial profiling' in places of public accommodation is real and occurs frequently. Now, at least there is a Court opinion on the issue. That is good news, especially as the holiday season is upon us and much shopping in places of public accommodations will be done.

If you feel that you have been the victim of discrimination in a place of public accommodations, you have options, one of which should never be to walk away and forget about it. You can file a charge of discrimination with the DC Office of Human Rights ("DC OHR") within one year of the incident, or you can file a lawsuit within one year of the incident.


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