Unruh Civil Rights Act (1959)

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Transcript Unruh Civil Rights Act (1959)

Jessica Nelson
Natalie Buckley
Tiffany Roman
“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, genetic
information, 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.”- California Civil Code Section 51
Jessie M. Unruh
California Civil Code
Provides Protection
Applies to Businesses in California
What the act specifically is meant for?
This law requires "Full and equal accommodations,
advantages, facilities, privileges or services in all business
establishments." This includes but is not limited to:
• Hotels and Motels
• Non-Profit Organizations
• Restaurants
• Theaters
• Hospitals
• Barber and Beauty Shops
• Housing Accommodations
• Public Agencies
• Retail Establishments
Out-Of-Pocket Expenses
• Cease and Desist Orders
• Damages for Emotional Distress
• Exemplary Damages
File a complaint
Time limit
Speak with a representative
"In order to get anything done, first you have
to get the power [. . .] Getting power is usually
ugly. The way one judges politicians is by what
they do when they have power: Help people or
screw people.“
Jesse Unruh believed
in equality and had a
vision for “a greater
“Unruh was a
dominating character,
a combination of
intelligence, political
power, idealism, wit,
anger, and cynicism.”
Unruh’s logic was that
everyone should have a
fair chance in the
business world,
regardless of race or
disability; the Senate
was conservative and
against the act
becoming law.
Eventually, Unruh used
his political power to
twist the system and get
his way by killing every
bill that was pending in
the assembly.
“Long after his death,
victims of
discrimination can fight
back with the Unruh
Civil Rights Act.”
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CA Government. "Equal Rights 101 Lesson
PLan." California Department of Fair
Employment and Housing. Last modified
August 9, 2010. Accessed October 29, 2012.
"General Information about the UNRUH CIVIL
RIGHTS ACT." California Department of Fair
Employment & Housing Fact Sheet. Accessed
October 29, 2012.