UT 3.0 hours Fair Housing, Discrimination, and the Market Place Course Syllabus
3.0 Core Hours
Discrimination in employment is an important topic in real estate because most brokerages employ many people. In a typical brokerage, you might find IT personnel, administrative personnel, maintenance personnel, compliance officers, managers, trainers and educators, accountants, and legal staff. Most real estate agents affiliated with a brokerage are independent contractors, but not all. It is crucial that the owner/broker know the laws regarding employment discrimination.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws. The EEOC has the authority to investigate charges of discrimination against employers who are covered by the law. Their role in an investigation is to fairly and accurately assess the allegations in the charge and then make a finding. If they find that discrimination has occurred, they will try to settle the charge. If they aren't successful, they have the authority to file a lawsuit.
This course explains the basics of employment discrimination and how to prevent it.