Docket No. S040653.

12 Cal.4th 1143 (1996)

913 P.2d 909

51 Cal. Rptr.2d 700

EVELYN SMITH, Petitioner, v. FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING COMMISSION, Respondent; KENNETH C. PHILLIPS et al., Real Parties in Interest.

Supreme Court of California.

April 9, 1996.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Jordan W. Lorence, Cimron Campbell, Jane E. Hadro, Wendell R. Bird, Mark N. Troobnick and Jay Alan Sekulow for Petitioner.

Loy Watkins, John G. Tulio, Alan J. Reinach, Boothby & Yingst, Lee Boothby, Oliver Thomas, Marc D. Stern, Jaffe, Trutanich, Scatena & Blum, Fred Blum, Proskauer, Rose, Getz & Mendelsohn, Jeffrey A. Berman, Steven G. Drapkin and Lee W. Rierson as Amici Curiae on behalf of Petitioner.

John K. Van de Kamp and Daniel E. Lungren, Attorneys General, Andrea Sheridan Ordin, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Carole R. Kornblum, Assistant Attorney General, Manuel M. Medeiros, Louis Verdugo, Jr., Kathleen W. Mikkelson, Deputy Attorneys General, Steven C. Owyang, Prudence Kay Poppink, Eisen & Johnston Law Corporation, Jay-Allen Eisen, Marian M. Johnston and Ann Perrin Farina for Respondent.

Arlo Smith, District Attorney (San Francisco), David C. Moon, Assistant District Attorney, Steven K. Green, Edward Tabash, John Beattie, Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman & Machtinger and Roger L. Funk as Amici Curiae on behalf of Respondent.

David Link and Thomas F. Coleman for Real Parties in Interest.

James K. Hahn, City Attorney (Los Angeles), Charles I. Goldenberg, Assistant City Attorney, and Maria Perez Manning, Deputy City Attorney, as Amici Curiae on behalf of Real Parties in Interest.

Marsha Jones Moutrie, City Attorney (Santa Monica), Joseph Lawrence, Assistant City Attorney, Martin T. Tachiki, Barry A. Rosenbaum and Kimery A. Shelton, Deputy City Attorneys, Jon W. Davidson, Carol A. Sobel, Paul L. Hoffman, Mark D. Rosenbaum, Matthew A. Coles, Margaret C. Crosby, Tzivia Schwartz, Barbara H. Bergen, Margalynne Armstrong, James D. Smith, Ameila A. Craig, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati and Clyde J. Wadsworth as Amici Curiae on behalf of Respondent and Real Parties in Interest.



The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Gov. Code, § 12900 et seq.) (FEHA) declares it to be "unlawful [¶] ... [f]or the owner of any housing accommodation to discriminate against any person because of the ... marital status ... of that person" (id., § 12955, subd. (a)). The Fair Employment and Housing Commission (commission) ruled that a landlord violated the statute by refusing...

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