Chapter 10: Personal Assistance and In-Home Services
Section 7: Rights of Assistance Dog Users [Oklahoma Law]
Oklahomans with disabilities are covered by state laws prohibiting discrimination against minorities in employment, public accommodations and housing. These laws are found in Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The Oklahoma Human Rights Commission (OHRC) investigates alleged violations of these laws.
Oklahoma law also specifically provides that people using assistance dogs have the right to take such animals with them into public places. This law is found in Title 7 of the Oklahoma Statutes. A violation of this law is a misdemeanor. Complaints should be brought with the district attorney in the county where the alleged violation occurred. Title 25 public accommodation provisions offer similar protections, but complaints would be filed with the Human Rights Commission.
Title 25, Section 1452 (#13 and #14)
13. To refuse to rent or lease housing to a blind, deaf, or handicapped person on the basis of the person's use or possession of a bona fide, properly trained guide, signal, or service dog.
14. To demand the payment of an additional nonrefundable fee or an unreasonable deposit for rent from a blind, deaf, or handicapped person for such dog. Such blind, deaf, or handicapped person may be liable for any damage done to the dwelling by such dog.
Title 25, Section 1402
It is a discriminatory practice for a person to deny an individual the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a "place of public accommodation" because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.
Title 7, Section 19.1
Provides that any blind, physically handicapped, deaf or hard of hearing person who is a passenger on any public conveyance shall be entitled to have with him or her a guide, signal or service dog specially trained for that purpose, without having to pay any added charge. Dog trainers from recognized assistance dog training facilities may also use public conveyances (transportation) with dogs in training.
Individuals using guide, signal or service dogs and trainers from recognized training centers with dogs in training may not be denied admittance to or refused access to public places. These include, but are not limited to, streets, sidewalks, transportation vehicles, places of lodging, government buildings, college dorms, educational facilities, restaurants, stores, entertainment and recreation facilities or other places where the public is invited. No added fee may be charged to a person for bringing his or her guide, signal or service dog into a public place, but the owner or trainer will be liable for any damages the animal does to the premises.