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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Discrimination in Public Accommodations

Volume 3 . Chapter 8, Part 3 . § 8-14.2
Key Point8-14.2 The federal Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against disabled persons by privately owned places of public accommodation. The Act exempts religious organizations from this provision. Some states and cities have enacted laws prohibiting discrimination against disabled persons in some places of public accommodation, and these laws may apply to religious organizations.

Another major provision (Title III) of the ADA prohibits discrimination against disabled persons by privately owned places of public accommodation. The ADA states that "no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations ...

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