Washington, DC Protected Classes

How well do you know your protected classes in the District of Columbia?

For real estate agents that have DC licenses but do not practice in the jurisdiction on a daily basis, it may seem daunting to keep up with and, in some cases you may be surprised at the traits on the list.

Under the D.C. Human Rights Act, discrimination in housing on the basis of the following traits is illegal:

  • Race
  • Colorgroup
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Personal appearance
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Familial status
  • Family responsibilities
  • Matriculation
  • Political affiliation
  • Disability
  • Source of income
  • Status as a victim of an intrafamily offense
  • Place of residence or business

While I always say, “if you have to ask, don’t do it”, I can tell you the best practice is to be kind and inclusive to everyone. You should have learned that in kindergarten. 😉

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