An article in the Real Estate section on Jan. 19 included an inaccurate description of the anti-discrimination provisions of the Federal Fair Housing Act.
The federal law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status (families with children) or national origin.
Under Maryland statute, marital status is also a protected category.
Local jurisdictions may have additional provisions. For example:
In Baltimore, these are age, ancestry and sexual orientation.
In Baltimore County, age is a covered provision.
In Harford County, age, occupation, political opinion and personal appearance are covered.
In Howard County, age, occupation, political opinion, sexual orientation and personal appearance are protected categories.
Anne Arundel and Carroll counties have no additional categories.
Questions regarding the Federal Fair Housing Act may be directed to Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. at 243-4400.