Public Accommodations

You Have a Right to Public Accommodations

The Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations is dedicated to ensuring full and equal enjoyment of any place of public accommodation through the investigation of public accommodation complaints and through education and outreach. A place of public accommodation is defined as any establishment which caters or offers its services or facilities or good to the general public. 

It is against the law to discriminate against an individual in places of public accommodations based on that person's:

  • Age (older than 40)
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Familial status (having children)
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Veteran's status

A Place of Public Accommodation May Not:

  • Withhold, deny, or deprive, or attempt to withhold, deny, or deprive, any person of rights or privileges at a place of public accommodation
  • Intimidate, threaten, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person with the purpose of interfering with their rights or privileges at a place of public accommodation
  • Punish or attempt to punish any person for exercising or attempting to exercise their rights or privileges at a place of public accommodation. 

You Have a Right to File a Public Accommodation Discrimination Complaint

Orange County's Civil Rights Ordinance grants the right to residents to file a complaint of discrimination against any establishment which interferes with their right to full and equal enjoyment of that place of public accommodation.  There is no cost to file a complaint.

Investigators in Orange County will obtain and analyze evidence and information to determine if discrimination occurred.

If You Believe You Have Experienced Discrimination

Please contact the Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations, or you may complete our online questionnaire in either English or Spanish.