Civil Rights Laws Covering Service Animals
Persons with disabilities requiring the use of service or assistance animals are protected from discrimination
||Relevant Civil Rights Law
|Privately-Owned Housing||Fair Housing Act|
|Places of Public Accommodation including privately-owned/operated Colleges and Universities||Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act|
|State and Local Government Programs and Activities including publicly-owned/operated Housing, Colleges, and Universities||Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act;
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
|Public Transportation||Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act|
|Privately-Operated Transportation, e.g., Hotel Shuttles, Taxicabs||Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act|
|Air Travel||Air Carrier Access Act|
|Workplace||Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act|
Where a service animal might be validly excluded from entry, the decision should be made by a qualified person. A security guard in a hospital would not be qualified to deny a person using a service animal from entering. Someone from infection control, for example, would be qualified.
The Americans with Disabilities Act supercedes state laws unless state law is more stringent.
Prepared September 2008