Discrimination in Public Places of Accommodation or Amusement

The Law

Section 106.52 of the Wisconsin Statutes provides that in places of public accommodation or amusement it is against the law to deny service or to give unequal treatment in service because of sex, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry. Discrimination in relation to age, 18 and older, is only unlawful in regard to lodging establishments.

Public Accommodations

"Public accommodations" includes, but is not limited to, hotels, motels, restaurants, taverns, retail stores, exercise clubs, dry cleaners, auto repair shops, and other service establishments. The law does not apply when a private, nonprofit organization provides goods or services to only its members or their guests.


This section is enforced by filing a Public Places of Accommodations or Amusement Complaint with the Division within 300 days of the discriminatory action.

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