Q: My wife and I have been turned down for a home we tried to rent. Our credit is good, our references are excellent, and we make more than three times the monthly rent -- but I'm a lawyer! The landlord told me she won't rent to lawyers, because she's found them to be hard to deal with. Is this illegal discrimination? --Larry L. A: The landlord you're dealing with has made a categorical decision that anyone in the legal profession is going to pose an unacceptable risk as a tenant. Put another way, it appears that she has not made her decision based on anything in your particular history, but is simply ruling out all attorneys. A decision that's based on a generalization that has no basis in fact is known legally as an arbitrary decision, because it fails to take into account the ...
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