Hawaii

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in the States

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Hawaii:

Since 1991, Hawaii has protected people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2011, that law was expanded to include gender identity and expression.

The Path to LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Hawaii:

  • 1991: Hawaii updates its non-discrimination law to include protections based on sexual orientation in employment.
  • 2005: The law is once again updated to include protections for all LGBTQ Hawaiians in housing.
  • 2006: Protections in public accommodations are guaranteed to LGBTQ people.
  • 2011: Transgender people are finally included in employment protections, thereby making Hawaii’s non-discrimination law fully comprehensive.

Active Litigation

Cervelli v. Aloha Bed & Breakfast

Case Concerning Public Accommodations Discrimination

Key Date: July 11, 2018 • Petition for Review by Hawaii Supreme Court Filed By Defendants
Status: Pending Appeal Before Hawaii Supreme Court
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

In February 2018, the Hawaii Court of Appeals upheld a decision from the First Circuit Court of Hawaii in 2013 that Aloha Bed & Breakfast had violated the state's public accommodations law and ordering that the business stop discriminating against same sex couples. ADF has filed a petition for review before the Hawaii Supreme Court, with Lambda Legal expected to file their response soon.

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