California Tenants Silenced No More
Effective January 1, 2022, the Silenced No More Act – passed as part of California’s comprehensive efforts empowering survivors of harassment and discrimination and preventing future abuses – expands existing protections for California tenants signing settlement agreements in lawsuits or administrative actions, including at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Presently, California tenants possess legal protections when settling lawsuits and administrative matters from settlement agreements containing confidentiality provisions barring disclosure of landlord harassment, discrimination, or retaliation based on sex. The California Silenced No More Act expands this protection to cover all forms of landlord harassment, discrimination, or retaliation under the Fair Employment & Housing Act.
With the Silenced No More Act’s expansion of existing California law, California tenants are no longer silenced when speaking up about unlawful harassment, discrimination, or retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, or criminal history.
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