Tame Your Tongue
Innocent small talk might not be as innocent as you think. A Massachusetts real estate broker asked a client where she was from.
The question ended in a lawsuit that found the agent guilty of asking an unlawful question regarding national origin.
The end result was a $60,000 fine! Under Fair Housing Law, discrimination does not have to be the result of an intentional act. If someone feels that they have been discriminated against, they are entitled to file a claim.
Any conversation regarding a protected class under local, state and federal fair housing law could be considered discrimination by an offended party.
$60,000 penalty for making small talk with a client?
There is an important lesson to be learned here, be careful what you say!
Posted on Thu, February 6, 2014
by Mike Fair filed under