Avoid $50,000 fines and make the world a better place by judging applicants without regard to their membership in a protected class. Under federal and state law, there are a whole host of reasons you cannot reject someone. Race, color, and religion are well established. Are you equally sure about disability, public assistance, and gender identity? We'll give an overview of these protected classes and things you might say that sound well-intentioned but could land you in hot water. Must you rent to Section 8? How can you separate the legitimate support animals from the $79.95 Internet special? Is it ever safe to say, "It's not deleaded"?
This part of the presentation will be given by Jeremy Scheiner, Director of Training at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.