What is Discrimination

Discrimination occurs when an individual is treated differently based on his or her protected class.  The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, financing, or advertising of housing based on one’s protected class.

In addition to the protections granted by the Fair Housing Act, California has expanded upon the list of protected classes.  The following is a list of the protected classes based on Federal and California law.

Federal Protected Classes:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • National Origin
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

California State Protected Classes:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • National Origin
  • Familial Status
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Ancestry
  • Source of Income
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Genetic Information
  • or other Arbitrary factors

 


For definitions of each protected class, please click here

 

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