Roomates.com, a web-based business that matches up potential roommates, asks it members to specify their cohabitation preferences with regard to gender, sexual orientation and family status, and invite them to list other desired criteria. All of these questions violate the federal Fair Housing Act and in California, the Fair Housing Councils of San Fernando Valley and San Diego filed a lawsuit against roommates.com in federal court.
The question before the court was whether advertising for a roommate should have to follow the same guidelines as advertising to sell or rent a home or apartment, or whether the right to “intimate association” overrides them.
The judge ruled yesterday (February 2) in favor of roommates.com (the ruling).
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