How do anti-discrimination laws work in the United States?

So for example, if the owner of an apartment building flat out said, you can't live here because you are whatever nationality, ethnicity or skin color.

What would happen?

Could the courts force the owner to let you live there?

Would the owner have to pay a fine or go to jail?


"You can sue the landlord for discrimination and file a complaint."

But what will come about from that is my question? Will the court force the landlord to accept you? Will he or she have to give you a certain some of money? Would the landlord go to jail?

3 Answers

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    7 months ago
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    A lawsuit would probably be filed (similar to the ones against Donald Trump in the 70's for refusing to rent to blacks) and ultimately a settlement would be reached or a jury would dictate a monetary award.

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  • 7 months ago

    The landlord isn't that DUMB. They would find a different excuse to refuse your application. You would have to show a pattern of denying people that were equally qualified as those accepted, that shared whatever trait they are discriminating against.

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  • 💜
    Lv 6
    7 months ago

    You can sue the landlord for discrimination and file a complaint.

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