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No person may engage in an act of discrimination with respect to housing and employment against any individual on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, lawful source of income, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, past or present membership in the military service, familial status, or based upon affiliation with any of these protected categories.

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Flyer for gender identity and expression listening session.


Join the Equal Rights Commission for their first community listening session of 2017. The Commissioners will be hearing public stories and testimony focused on transgender and non-binary issues from Milwaukee's LGBTQ+ communities. Come engage, share, and listen!

Where: Milwaukee LGBT Community Center (1110 N. Market Street #2)

When: Wednesday, April 19 from 5:30-7:00pm

Light refreshments will be served




Know Your Rights

Prohibited Activities Housing

  • Refusal to sell or rent after a bona fide offer.
  • Refusal to negotiate the sale or rental.
  • Denying housing.
  • Making an unlawful preferences or limitations to the exclusion of protected person.
  • Refusal to allow inspection of a property when the property is in fact available for inspection.
  • Refusal to provide real estate-related transactions to any protected person.
  • Refusal to enter into a contract of insurance against hazards.
  • Refusal to renew a lease, causing the eviction, or engaging in the harassment of a tenant.
  • Induce or attempt to induce a person to sell, rent or lease any dwellings by representations regarding the present or prospective entry into the neighborhood of a person of a protected class.
  • Discrimination on the basis of disability of the buyer or renter or any person associated with the buyer or the renter.
  • Refusal to permit reasonable modifications of existing premises.

Prohibited Activities Employment

  • Refusal to hire or discharge or discriminate with respect to compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment.
  • Creating a limit, segregation or classification of employees or applicants in a way which would deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his/her status.
  • Conduct that constitutes sexual harassment when the employer or its agents knew or should have known of the conduct.
  • Refusal to reasonably accommodate an employee’s or prospective employee’s disability.
  • Discrimination by an employment agency: refusal to refer an individual for employment.
  • Discrimination by a Labor Organization: exclusion from membership or other form of discrimination.


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200 E. Wells Street
Room 606
Milwaukee, WI 53202  


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