Protected classes in fair housing law are demographic groups that have historically suffered from discrimination
Protected Classes were created under the Fair Housing Laws because of HISTORIC DISCRIMINATION. Certain classes of people were treated differently in real estate transactions because of their demographic characteristics ...not because of behavior.
There are 7 Federally Protected Classes
gender (female headed households)
familial status (families/households with children under 18 years of age)
There are 2 additional protected classes under Ohio's Fair Housing Act (ORC 4112)
There are two classes which have "regulatory" protection in Federally assisted housing as if they were protected classes