Our society has made massive strides toward the equal treatment of and access to resources for all people, including historically marginalized groups, since the first anti-discrimination legislation was passed over a century ago. However, it is misguided to believe that discrimination is a thing of the past. Even today, access to housing is denied to individuals and groups on the basis of discriminatory factors. These incidents constitute as civil rights violations under the law.

Fair housing laws protect the fundamental rights of people of all demographics. It is illegal to deny access to housing based on the following factors:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Gender

In 17 states, including California, sexual orientation and gender identity are also protected.

These rights may be violated by landlords, property owners, financial and real estate institutions, and neighborhood associations by exclusionary and non-exclusionary means. Discriminatory practices include:

  • Outright refusal to rent or sell housing, or to negotiate housing based on protected factors.
  • Disparities in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rent.
  • Preference or discrimination in the advertising of sale or rental property.
  • Practicing coercion, intimidation, or interference with a person’s rights to fair access to housing.

Financial institutions pushing certain people to high-priced loan options, and real estate agents limiting properties or neighborhoods shown based on discriminatory factors are examples of illegal civil rights violations.

The experiences of those who fall victim to discrimination are often dismissed. If your right to fair and equal access to housing has been violated, understand that you are entitled to protection under the law. Legal recourse is an option. Joseph M. Kar is dedicated to your rights, and will fight to defend them. Do not be forced into silence. For expert representation, contact the Law Office of Joseph M. Kar, PC.