Discrimination and Your Rights

Explanation of Discrimination and your protection under the law.

Illegal discrimination is when:

  • You are treated differently from others in a similar situation
  • You are harmed by treatment
  • You are treated this way because of your membership in a protected class
  • Your request for a reasonable accommodation due to a disability is refused without a valid business reason.

The Fair Housing Act which is a combination of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the Fair Housing Amendments of 1988 makes it illegal to discriminate in housing sales or rentals or in housing lending, advertising, insurance appraisals and zoning on the basis of :

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Disability
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Familial Status (children under 18)

St. Louis City Ordinance No. 67119, as amended, also prohibits discrimination on the basis of:

  • Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
  • Source of Income (must be legal)
  • Age (40 and above, Employment)

 Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, referral, and other aspects of employment on the basis of:

  • Race 
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • National Origin
  • Disability
  • Age

Retaliation against a person who files a charge of discrimination, participates in an investigation, or opposes an unlawful employment practice is prohibited by all of these Federal laws.

Next Step

If you feel you have been discriminated against begin by Reporting Discrimination in employment, housing or public accomodation

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