Sexual orientation discrimination
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is a proposed federal law that would prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. Sexual orientation discrimination currently is not explicitly prohibited under federal law. Certain states have enacted discrimination laws that apply to homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual individuals. In some states, sexual orientation discrimination is prohibited only in certain municipalities. There have also been attempts to provide discrimination protections through court cases interpreting existing sex discrimination laws.
A tenant or a prospective tenant can file a complaint with the . Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) if a possible violation of their rights occurred under the Fair Housing Acts. It is necessary to file the complaint within one year of the alleged discrimination. HUD will conduct an investigation to determine whether to dismiss the complaint or attempt to reach a "conciliation" agreement between the parties. If conciliation is unsuccessful, a judge will conduct an administrative hearing to determine whether there is reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred. If the court finds discrimination, it may issue an order of relief and grant the tenant damages.