§ 99.11  DISCRIMINATION IN PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS AND HOUSING.
   (A)   It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any proprietor or any employee, keeper, or manager of a place of public accommodation to deny to any person, except for reasons applicable alike to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, ancestry or family status, the full enjoyment of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges thereof.
   (B)   It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any person to:
      (1)   Refuse to sell, transfer, assign, rent, lease, sublease, finance, or otherwise deny or withhold housing accommodations from any person because of the race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, handicap, national origin or family status of any prospective owner, occupant, or user of such housing.
      (2)   Represent to any person that housing is not available for inspection when in fact it is so available.
      (3)   Refuse to lend money, whether or not secured by mortgage or otherwise, for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair, or maintenance of housing or otherwise withhold financing of housing from any person because of the race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, handicap, national origin or family status of any present or prospective owner, occupant, or user of such housing, provided such person, whether an individual, corporation, or association of any type, lends money as one of the principal aspects or incident to his principal business and not only as a part of the purchase price of an owner-occupied residence he is selling nor merely casually or occasionally to a relative or friend.
      (4)   Discriminate against any person in the terms or conditions of selling, transferring, assigning, renting, leasing, or subleasing any housing or in furnishing facilities, services, or privileges in connection with the ownership, occupancy, or use of any housing because of the race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, handicap, national origin or family status of any present or prospective owner, occupant, or user of such housing.
      (5)   Discriminate against any person in the terms or conditions of any loan of money, whether or not secured by mortgage or otherwise, for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair, or maintenance of housing because of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, handicap, national origin or family status of any present or prospective owner, occupant, or user of such housing.
      (6)   Refuse to consider without prejudice the combined income of both husband and wife for the purpose of extending mortgage credit to a married couple or either member thereof.
      (7)   Print, publish, or circulate any statement or advertisement relating to the sale, transfer, assignment, rental, lease, sublease, or acquisition of any housing or the loan of money, whether or not secured by mortgage or otherwise, for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair, or maintenance of housing which indicates any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, handicap, national origin or family status.
      (8)   Make any inquiry, elicit any information, make or keep any record, or use any form of application containing questions or entries concerning race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, handicap, national origin or family status in connection with the sale or lease of any housing or the loan of any money, whether or not secured by mortgage or otherwise, for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair, or maintenance of housing.
      (9)   Include in any transfer, rental, or lease of housing any restrictive covenant, or honor or exercise, or attempt to honor or exercise, any restrictive covenant, provided that the prior inclusion of a restrictive covenant in the chain of title shall not be deemed a violation of this provision.
      (10)   Induce or solicit or attempt to induce or solicit a housing listing, sale, or transaction by representing that a change has occurred or may occur with respect to the racial, religious, sexual, or ethnic composition of the block, neighborhood, or area in which the property is located, or induce or solicit or attempt to induce or solicit such sale or listing by representing that the presence or anticipated presence of persons of any race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, handicap, national origin or family status in the area will or may have results such as the following.
         (a)   The lowering of property values.
         (b)   A change in the racial, religious, sexual, or ethnic composition of the block, neighborhood, or area in which the property is located.
         (c)   An increase in criminal or antisocial behavior in the area.
         (d)   A decline in the quality of the schools serving the area.
      (11)   Deny any person access to or membership or participation in any multiple-listing service, real estate brokers’ organization, or other service, organization, or facility relating to the business of selling or renting housing accommodations, or to discriminate against any person in the terms or conditions of such access, membership, or participation, on account of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, ancestry or family status.
      (12)   Coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any person in the exercise or enjoyment of, or on account of that person’s having exercised or enjoyed or having aided or encouraged any other person in the exercise or enjoyment of, any right granted or protected by division (B) of this section.
      (13)   Whether or not acting under color by law, by force or threat of force willfully injure, intimidate, or interfere with, or attempt to injure, intimidate, or interfere with:
         (a)   Any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, ancestry or family status and because that person is or has been selling, purchasing, renting, financing, occupying, or contracting or negotiating for the sale, purchase, rental, financing, or occupation of any dwelling, or applying for or participating in any service, organization, or facility relating to the business of selling or renting housing accommodations;
         (b)   Any person because that person is or has been, or in order to intimidate that person or any other person or any class of persons from:
               1.   Participating, without discrimination on account of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap,  ancestry, or family status in any of the activities, services, organizations, or facilities described in division (B)(13)(a) of this section;
               2.   Affording another person or class of persons opportunity or protection so to participate.
         (c)   Any person because that person is or has been, or in order to discourage that person or any other person from lawfully aiding or encouraging other persons to participate, without discrimination on account of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, ancestry or family status in any of the activities, services, organizations, or facilities described in division (B)(13)(a) of this section, or participating lawfully in speech or peaceful assembly opposing any denial of the opportunity to so participate.
   (C)   No person shall discourage or attempt to discourage the purchase by a prospective purchaser of a housing unit, by representing that any block, neighborhood, or area has undergone or might undergo a change with respect to the religious, racial, sexual, or ethnic composition of the block, neighborhood, or area.
(Ord. 1983-33, passed 9-20-83)
   (D)   No person, whether or not acting under color of law, shall by force or threat of force willfully injure, intimidate, or interfere with, or attempt to injure, intimidate, or interfere with:
      (1)   Any person because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status as defined in R.C. § 4112.01, national origin, disability as defined in that section, or ancestry and because that person is or has been selling, purchasing, renting, financing, occupying, contracting, or negotiating for the sale, purchase, rental, financing, or occupation of any housing accommodations, or applying for or participating in any service, organization, or facility relating to the business of selling or renting housing accommodations;
      (2)   Any person because that person is or has been doing, or in order to intimidate that person or any other person or any class of persons from doing, either of the following:
         (a)   Participating, without discrimination on account of race, color, religion, sex, familial status as defined in R.C. § 4112.01, national origin, disability as defined in that section, or ancestry, in any of the activities, services, organizations, or facilities described in division (D)(1) of this section;
         (b)   Affording another person or class of persons opportunity or protection so to participate.
      (3)   Any person because that person is or has been, or in order to discourage that person or any other person from, lawfully aiding or encouraging other persons to participate, without discrimination on account of race, color, religion, sex, familial status as defined in R.C. § 4112.01, national origin, disability as defined in that section, or ancestry, in any of the activities, services, organizations, or facilities described in division (D)(1) of this section, or participating lawfully in speech or peaceful assembly opposing any denial of the opportunity to so participate.
   (E)   Whoever violates division (D) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(R.C. § 2927.03)  (Ord. 1989-26, passed 1-16-89)  Penalty, see § 99.99