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Lawfully Screen Applicants

Fair Housing

Screening Guidelines

The purpose of the fair housing laws is to prevent discrimination on the basis of a person’s membership in a protected class. Nothing in the law forbids you from setting fair screening guidelines and applying them equally to all applicants.

Keep in mind that every person belongs to a protected class – each of us can be defined in terms of our race, color, religion, sex, handicap (disability), familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, source of income, age, or marital status. So any time you deny an applicant, you deny someone who belongs to a protected class...