The Seattle Office of Civil Rights is investigating whether discounts given exclusively to employees of certain companies is discriminatory. Some landlords give discounts to employees of companies like Boeing, Microsoft and Amazon. Equally qualified tenants who work for “non-preferred” employers are charged higher rent and/or deposits. Critics, including the NAACP, claim the practice is discriminatory because the companies receiving the discounts are primarily “white and male.”The general rule of thumb is be consistent in all policies and to document everything.
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