Homelessness/ Homeless Should be Made a “Protected Class” here in Cambridge, Massachusetts Under Local Cambridge Human Rights Laws, Statues, Ordinances.

Homelessness/ Homeless Should be Made a “Protected Class” here in Cambridge, Massachusetts Under Local Cambridge Human Rights Laws, Statues, Ordinances.

MAKING HOMELESSNESS A PROTECTED CLASS!

  • Posted on: 26 October 2017
  • By: HRASHID

MAKING HOMELESSNESS A PROTECTED CLASS

Homelessness/ Homeless should be made a “Protected Class” here in Cambridge, Massachusetts under the Cambridge Human Rights Laws, Statues, ordinances., mostly because homeless people still face significant barriers to employment, housing, education, and other spheres. This legislation would simply add homelessness to the law's list of other protected traits such as; Protected Traits for Housing, Employment, Public Accommodations and Educational Institutions,Etc., include:
 
1. Race: classification or association based on a person’s ancestry or ethnicity
2. Color: skin pigmentation or complexion 
3. Religion: a belief system which may or may not include spirituality
4. National origin: the country or area where one’s ancestors are from
5. Sex: a person’s gender; sex discrimination includes sex harassment, and discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, breastfeeding, and reproductive health decisions.
6. Age: 18 years or older
7. Marital status: married, single, in a domestic partnership, divorced, separated, and widowed
8. Personal appearance: outward appearance, but is subject to business requirements or standards
9. Sexual orientation: homosexuality, heterosexuality, and bisexuality 
10. Gender identity or expression: your gender-related identity, behavior, appearance, expression or behavior which is different from what you are assigned at birth
11. Family responsibilities: supporting a person in a dependent relationship, which includes, but is not limited to, your children, grandchildren and parents. 
12. Political affiliation: belonging to or supporting a political party
13. Disability: a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; includes those with HIV/AIDS. 
 
Additional Traits Applicable to Some Areas include:
 
14. Matriculation (applies to housing, employment and public accommodations): being enrolled in a college, university or some type of secondary school. 
15. Familial Status (applies to housing, public accommodations and educational institutions): a parent or guardian with children under 18
16. Genetic information (applies to employment and public accommodations): Your DNA or family history which may provide information as to a person’s predisposition or likely to come down with a disease or illness. 
17. Source of Income (applies to housing, public accommodations and educational institutions): origination of a person’s finances
18. Place of Residence or Business (applies to housing and public accommodations): geographical location of home or work 
19. Status as a Victim of an Intra-family Offense (applies to housing): a person who was subjected to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking
 Please note that these definitions are not exhaustive. 
20. *NEW* Credit Information (applies to employment): any written, verbal or other communication of information bearing on an employee's creditworthiness, credit standing, credit capacity or credit history.

The City of Cambridge, MA must add homelessness to hate crime statutes, by creating legislation to help homelessness people achieve and become, a protected status, insuring also legal protection from harassment and bullying. The legislation should also allow the homeless to bring legal complaints with the city, possibly resulting in civil penalties, compensatory damages, or reinstatement of jobs. Adding homelessness to local hate crime statues should enshrine legal municipal legal protections for the homeless in anti-discrimination laws. If the City of Cambridge, MA wants to put homeless people on the path to stable housing, it must end discrimination that creates another barrier in the way of homeless people seeking to improve their situation.

Hasson Rashid
Cambridge,MA

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