Unanimous California Supreme Court Rejects Attempt to Limit Discrimination Claims by People with Disabilities

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"The Court's decision furthers the Unruh Act's purpose to eradicate arbitrary and invidious discrimination from California's business establishments."
June 11, 2009

(San Francisco, June 11, 2009) — Today the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act does not impose extra legal hurdles for people with disabilities, including people living with HIV who seek damages for discrimination.

Statement from Tara Borelli, Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal and a principal author of the friend-of-the court brief Lambda Legal submitted urging today’s legal result in Munson v. Del Taco:

"The Court rightly rejected efforts to misread the Unruh Civil Rights Act to impose extra legal hurdles which would have harmed all disabled Californians who face discrimination in public accommodations, including those living with HIV.

"Real, reliable change for people with disabilities has been painfully slow in coming but the high court's decision today promises greater fairness in California. The Court’s decision furthers the Unruh Act’s purpose to eradicate arbitrary and invidious discrimination from California’s business establishments.

"Though this case does not directly involve people living with HIV, the application of this decision will be helpful to all people living with disabilities who encounter discrimination, which includes many Californians living with HIV."

The case is Munson v. Del Taco, Inc.


Lisa Hardaway 212-809-8585 ext.266; Email: [email protected]


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