Q: I'm looking for a roommate, and I'm pretty picky. I want someone of my own age, and I'd just as soon not have to deal with a divorced parent who will be hosting kids on the weekends. When I wrote an ad with these specifications, my local newspaper wouldn't print it -- they said it was discriminatory! But I placed it on a well-known Web site just as is, with no objections. This makes no sense. Are there different discrimination rules for print and online ads? --Autumn C. A: Your confusion is understandable, and shared by many. The Fair Housing Act, developed in a pre-online world, makes it illegal for newspapers to publish an ad that indicates your preference for someone of a specific race, religion, national origin, disability, sex or familial status. The ad you gave the newsp...
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