State and Local Laws

Along with the federal laws against housing discrimination, a few states and cities jurisdictions provide additional protection under local laws.

CALIFORNIA: Fair Employment and Housing Act, which includes the California Fair Housing Law often called the Rumford Fair Housing Act, is the primary state law banning discrimination in housing accommodations because of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, disability, and familial status. The Civil Rights Act of 1959 provides for the right to be free from discrimination in public accommodations. This Act has been interpreted by the courts to prohibit arbitrary discrimination by business establishments on any basis other than economic status such as level of income.

BERKELEY: Berkeley Municipal Code prohibits discrimination against families with children, discrimination based on sexual orientation, and discrimination based on the fact potential applicants have of having AIDS or associated conditions.

OAKLAND: Oakland Ordinance prohibits discrimination against families with children and against persons who have the medical condition known as AIDS or ARC or AIDS related conditions (ARC).

RICHMOND: Richmond Ordinance prohibits discrimination in housing against people with AIDS and related conditions.

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, domestic partner status, marital status, disability or AIDS/HIV status, familial status, source of income, weight and height.

NEW YORK: New York State law adds marital status and age to the list of protected categories. New York City law adds sexual orientation, lawful occupation, and citizenship status.


Inside State and Local Laws