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Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, is called the Fair Housing Act. These combined laws make it illegal to discriminate in housing sales or rentals or in housing lending, advertising, insurance, appraisals and zoning on the basis of:
Fines and damages assessed against those who have violated the Fair Housing Act total over $380,000,000 nationally! It is illegal to
It is illegal to advertise housing as available only to persons of a certain race, color, national origin, sex, religion or to those without disability or without children.
It is illegal to “blockbust” for profit— to persuade owners to sell their homes by telling them minority groups are moving into the neighborhood.
It is illegal to threaten, coerce or intimidate anyone attempting to exercise their fair housing rights.
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The protection afforded against discrimination on the basis of familial status shall apply to any person who is pregnant or is in the process of securing legal custody of any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years.
At the federal level
race, color, national origin, familial status, disability, sex and religion
At the state level
Missouri: race, color, national origin, familial status, disability, sex, religion and ancestry
Illinois: race, color, national origin, familial status, disability, sex, religion, age (40+), ancestry, marital status, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service and sexual orientation
At the municipal level
City of St. Louis: race, color, national origin, familial status, sex, disability, and religion and sexual orientation, marital status, age, ancestry and source of income.