You are protected against unlawful housing discrimination on the basis of your sex (gender). It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of your sex in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings and in other housing related transactions. If you are denied an opportunity to rent or buy a home because of your sex, you are a victim of illegal housing discrimination. It is also illegal for landlords and other housing providers to current residents or tenants differently because of their sex. The law protects men as well as women from housing discrimination, but the majority of sex discrimination claims involve policies or practices that limit women’s housing choices or are likely to affect women more severely.
Individuals, whether female, male or otherwise gendered, who are victims of sexual harassment are not a separate protected class under Delaware’s Fair Housing laws. However, sexual harassment is illegal and against the law. If you feel you are being sexually harassed by your housing provider, you may be protected by laws that prohibit discrimination against a protected class to which you do belong, for example, based on your gender, race or national origin.
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If you believe you were discriminated against because of your sex, file a complaint.