Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Toilet Won't Stop Running.
Consider Yourself Sued.

After Kramarsky v. Stahl Management, 92 Misc.2d 1030, 401 N.Y.S.2d 943 (N.Y.Sup. 1977) – where a landlord refused to rent to a woman because she was a lawyer – New York City amended its landlord/tenant law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of a "lawful occupation."

California has no such bar on discriminating on the basis of a "lawful occupation." Of the roughly 10 places we applied to before finally signing a lease for a house last night, fully a third of them expressed reservations to renting to a couple where both people were lawyers.

Why were they so worried? We should sue them. ALL OF THEM.


Ralph Haygood said...

Well...as Yossi Vardi said from the platform at TechCrunch50 a couple of weeks ago, "It's just a shame about the 97% of lawyers who give all the rest a bad name." In other words, your profession does have a public image problem.

Mind you, I'm not saying I agree with such sentiments. My own recent interactions with lawyers have been helpful and pleasant.

Ralph Haygood said...

Speak of the devil...


Whatever the technical merits of Intel's case, the suit is now a public relations disaster. Note that TechCrunch alone has over a million feed subscribers. And it wouldn't be surprising if the story were picked up by the mainstream media, which generally loves "David vs. Goliath" stories.