By law, Mortgage lenders are not allowed to deny or delay a loan to a woman simply because she is on maternity leave. However, the Department of Housing and Urban Development says it receives complaints that this is happening. The department has launched an investigation into complaints received against lenders who allegedly denied families mortgages because the wife was pregnant or on maternity leave. These practices may violate the Fair Housing Act’s prohibition on discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of housing based on sex or familial status. Lawsuits have been filed against mortgage companies that engage in this practice. Full article.

Women have historically been subjected to legal discrimination based on their gender. With the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C.A. § 2000e et seq.), women are able to use the law to fight sex discrimination in employment, education, domestic relations. An employment policy or practice that applies to everyone, regardless of sex, can be illegal if it has a negative impact on the employment of people of a certain sex and is not job-related or necessary to the operation of the business.

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