If I want to open a lingerie store for women only since in my religion privacy is a very big concern for women, is this legal in the U.S?

And what states allow this prefrence of service?

Asked on October 9, 2014 under Business Law, New York


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am not sure what state would "allow" this service.  Many states have laws that bar a business from discriminating based upon sexual orientation, as well as based on race, religion, or other legally protected categories, and what you are basically doing is discriminating based upon Religion, and that could open you up to a lawsuit. Even if the state does not have an actual law on the books that bars this type of business it does not mean you won't get sued.  While I understand the rationale behind the idea and I think that you are thinking in a way to support your religious beliefs and women, it may come off the other way.  It may be up to you to be creative in the way the business is approached by store set up, etc. Good luck.

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