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Civil Rights Protection Plan

Chapter 2:Federal, State, and Local Statutes

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C.A. §2000d) - No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
 
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 as Amended in 1988 - (Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C §3601 et seq.) - Title VIII of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 makes it unlawful to discriminate in any aspect of the provision of housing on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, familial status, or handicap.
 
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - No otherwise qualified person shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Pursuant to the Act, the BHA is required to ensure accessibility to qualified persons with handicaps.
 
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 - This Act provides a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against persons with disabilities by providing strong enforceable standards addressing discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
 
Pursuant to this Act, the BHA is prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities and is required to provide disabled persons with reasonable accommodations, unless doing so imposes an undue hardship on the Authority.
 
Massachusetts General Law c. 151B - This Act makes it unlawful for an owner, lessee, or managing agent of housing accommodations to discriminate against or refuse to rent or lease to any person or group of persons such accommodations because of their race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, ancestry, familial status, veteran status, or disability.
 
In addition, it is unlawful for an employer, by itself or through an agent, because of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, ancestry, familial status, veteran status, or disability of any individual to refuse to hire or employ or to bar or to discharge from employment such individual or to discriminate against such individual in compensation or in terms, conditions or privileges of employment, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification.
 
Massachusetts General Law c. 265 §37  -  No person shall by force, or by threat of force, willfully injure, intimidate or interfere with, or attempt to injure, intimidate or interfere with, or oppress or threaten any other person in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to them by the constitution or laws of the Commonwealth or by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
 
Massachusetts General Law c. 12 §11(i)(h) -  Any person whose exercise or enjoyment of rights secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or of rights secured by the constitution of the Commonwealth, has been interfered with, or attempted to be interfered with may institute and prosecute in his/her own name and on his/her own behalf a civil action for relief.
 
City of Boston Fair Housing Ordinance of 1982 -  It is the policy of the City of Boston to ensure that each individual, regardless of race, color, religious creed, marital status, handicap, children, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, sexual preference or source of income shall have equal access to housing and to encourage and bring about mutual understanding and respect among all individuals in the City of Boston by the elimination of prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination in the area of housing.