If yes, what is the statute?
If no, what could be some examples of claims and damages in the event of a hotel refusing someone under a certain age?
It is possible that this could fall under a breach of New York's housing discrimination laws, but I would not take the case.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
Your post is unclear and incomplete. What "services were refused" ; how old is the "underaged person"; was that person seeking "services on his/her own, or with a parent , etc. The "damages" are what the underaged person is claiming to have suffered due to the "refusal" - which is not indicated in your post. Furthermore, it is generally required by law that a Minor (anyone under the age of 18, in most states) must commence and/or appear in a legal action through a Legal Guardian (typically a parent)- as a Minor is considered legally incompetent to commence an action on his/her own. Is a parent on board with your pursuit of legal action - especially since such suits can be expensive to litigate and somebody has to be responsible for the attorney's fees and other litigation expenses.
An alternative and much cheaper approach is to not give business to that hotel/motel ever again, and move onto more important things in life.