Discrimination in Housing, Employment, and Public Accommodations

We have successfully represented clients who have been discriminated against based on a variety of illegal bases, such as disability, religious beliefs, race, gender, sexual orientation, and age.

Illegal discrimination takes a variety of forms. In the employment context, this can include failing to provide employees with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or retaliating against disabled employees who assert their rights under the ADA. We have also handled many cases involving sexual harassment in the work place and many other types of employment discrimination.

In the landlord-tenant context, illegal discrimination can also take a variety of forms beyond outright discriminatory rental or eviction policies. For example, this can include harassment by landlords based on disability, sexual harassment, as well as discrimination against families with young children by landlords who are trying to avoid addressing lead paint hazards.

Discrimination also can occur in places of public accommodation—these are places open to the public, such as a bus stations, restaurants, department stores, or schools. This type of discrimination includes failing to provide disabled individuals with reasonable accommodations (such as allowing seeing-eye dogs), failing to provide handicapped accessible facilities, or outright discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability in places open to the public.