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This is an interstate discriminatory marketing practice on the basis of age, gender and marital status. But is it illegal?
Response 1: Discrimination based on familial status and gender in this instance is illegal. Discrimination based on age is not illegal because the company is not discriminating against people who are 40 and over.
If so, at what level, i.e. Federal or State?
Response 2: Could be Federal or State. Once filed with the Federal, the Federal Agency would inform its State counterpart. In this instance, the complaint should be filed with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Could suit be brought against this timeshare company If no material damages to Plaintiff are present (beyond loss of many hours of time listening to the timeshare pitch and investigating the company) --
Response 3: Yes.
and if so, would that be for criminal or civil offense?
Response 4: This is a civil offense of illegal discrimination. If the investigation finds that discrimination exists, the company would be forced to changed its practices and also pay a fine for the illegal action.