Following the introduction of the Equality Act in July, questions have arisen about just how the bill is designed to protect LGBT people and its potential impact on employers, businesses and religious entities.
Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline, together with lead co-sponsors Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), introduced the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, and jury service.
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal Fair Housing Act prohibits not only intentional housing discrimination, but those housing decisions that have a “disparate impact” on a vulnerable population.
Today, Lambda Legal announced that Weinreb Management, a New York City-based management company, has complied with state and city law and added lesbian tenant Dava Weinstein's spouse, Dorothy Calvani, to her rent-stabilized lease.
Lambda Legal filed a complaint today against a New York City landlord for refusing to add lesbian tenant Dava Weinstein’s spouse, Dorothy Calvani, to her rent-stabilized lease as is required by state and city law.
Q: I just got married to my same-sex spouse. We are in the process of looking for housing, either to rent or buy, and are worried that we may face discrimination as a same-sex couple. What are my rights?
The building owner and management company will comply with state and city law and allow Lambda Legal client Regina Hawkins-Balducci to add her wife to the lease on her rent-stabilized Manhattan apartment.
After marrying her longtime partner in New York state, Regina Hawkins-Balducci tried to add her wife’s name to the lease on her rent-stabilized apartment in Harlem. Her landlord refused, even though Hawkins-Balducci presented him with the couple’s marriage certificate.