MCLE Self-Study Credit in Elimination of Bias: The Unruh Civil Rights Act at 60
By Phyllis W. Cheng
Phyllis W. Cheng is a mediator at ADR Services, Inc., and is on the neutral panels for the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, and U.S. District Court, Central District of California. She prepares the Labor & Employment Case Law Alert, a free electronic alert service on new cases for Section members. She is co-editor of California Fair Housing and Public Accommodations (The Rutter Group Civil Litigation Series).
The Unruh Civil Rights Act,2 enacted in 19593 and named for its author, Jesse M. Unruh,4 regulates equal accommodations for all types of business establishments. This year, the Unruh Act celebrates its 60th anniversary.5 This article discusses the historical context, current application, and future developments regarding this preeminent civil rights law.