Are there any jurisdictions in the US which make it illegal (against the law rather than against some contract or custom) to charge higher prices for categories of customers based on their employment. And I mean overtly. For example, can a restaurant post a sign which demands a $100 entry fee for anyone employed by any city or state government or for anyone who is a doctor or a lawyer?

Clearly, customers can lie about their employer, but that's not the point. The point is that if anyone enters and then claims to be in a certain employment situation, then they would create a liability by making that claim.

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Washington D.C.'s anti-discrimination laws currently include political affiliation and source of income. Given that the city is home to a wide arrange of political actors from Congressmen/women to lobbyists for various causes, these laws were enacted so various industries may not refuse service to someone based on political affiliation or making money as a lobbyist for a cause they disagree with. Personally I wouldn't mind seeing this elsewhere in the nation, but I'm not sure if there are any other jurisdiction that does this in the U.S. There is talk about enacting protections against discriminatory protections against service for Uniformed First Responders (typically police) though most incidents I'm aware of this kind of discrimination are employees of fast food restaurants that will receive some public backlash that forces company higher ups to discipline the employee.

Certain chains of restaurants do offer discounts to members of a certain profession. Mission BBQ is very military and first responder friendly and will offer anyone who can show ID backing up their claims discounts on certain days (Military Service "Birthdays" and September 11. On Memorial Day, they set a table aside (complete with table cloth, candle, dishes, and a single red rose) for those lost in service to the country. Most famously, because their primary food product became so associated, Dunkin' Donuts initially offered free coffee and donuts to cops, giving police their trademark favorite food. This wasn't so much of a promotion as a mutual exchange of services: Cops (especially those working the Graveyard shift) typically enjoy their caffinated and sugary foods for keeping alert, as well as an occasion parking spot to write up reports... Dunkin' Donuts, one of the first chains to run 24/7 service in the U.S. needed some security (especially during the Graveyard shift, when robbers were more likely to cause trouble because of very few witnesses) and found that for the price of a donut and some coffee, they could have the city's finest sitting in their parking lot, sipping coffee and writing reports, for way cheaper than hiring a security service. (This practice was discontinued eventually as police forces saw these gifts as a possible corrupting influence and told officers to pay for their coffee. It wasn't that Dunkin' was bribing cops, so much as it was creating a bad image to the public.)

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    How is unfairly allocating publicly funded resources to the highest bidder not corruption? They could sit in any parking lot, but they decided - for personal gain - to do it at DD... Dec 15, 2020 at 21:47
  • @I'mwithMonica: That's the reason why the beat officer was told not to do this and why DD eventually did away with the benefit. As I said, it's not that impropriety exists... I've been out in the wee hours of the morning and see cops in lots for all sorts of 24/7 stores doing their reports, but the appearence of impropriety in and of itself was something to avoid. And certainly, DD wasn't the only donut chain with the gimick as various cops have their regional favorite chains (Starbucks is big with the Seattle PD).
    – hszmv
    Dec 16, 2020 at 12:11
  • @I'mwithMonica- It does speak to the sucess of DD's promotion that to this day, the trademark food of the police is still Donuts.
    – hszmv
    Dec 16, 2020 at 12:12
  • @hszmv the stereotype of cops eating lots of doughnuts goes back at least to the early 20th Century, long before the DD chain existed. Dec 31, 2020 at 5:19

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