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What about sexual orientation? Is that a protected class?

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Question: What about sexual orientation? Is that a protected class?
Answer:

Federal law does not protect people against housing discrimination based on their sexual orientation. However, the District of Columbia, several cities and towns, and the following states include sexual orientation as a protected class in their housing discrimination laws:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Learn more about states with protected classes not included in federal law.

Get the answers to more frequently asked questions about protected classes.

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