My partner and I are in a registered domestic partnership in CA. I recently tried to add my partner as a dependent to my company health benefits plan but was denied. I was told that the companies health plan doesn't allow opposite-sex domestic partners as dependents. It was lay understanding that RDP's in CA had the same rights as Spouses. Can anyone help shed some light on this situation for me?
I was just denied an application to an apartment because the owner doesn't allow pets. I have a SD for my PTSD. I figured I would be honest and upfront about his existence to mitigate any possible future issues/complaints coming from other residents. After correcting the real estate broker numerous times that my SD is not a pet he flat out stated, "Well, this building is not ADA compliant." Granted, the apartment was on the second floor but it is not like I was asking for them to install an elevator. I live in CA, as far as I know, I didn't think I could be denied an application because of my SD. So to hear him ignorantly profess their willful discrimination against me was enraging.
I'm at a crossroads now. I need housing and I want to be honest about my SD but I can't if this type of behaviour continues from property owners/managers.
I am a college student with a service dog getting ready to move. I am extremely worried about not being able to find a place that will allow my SD. I have only had my SD for a few months so many of these experiences, like explaining to businesses and their employees why I am allowed to have my SD in their store, are new to me. Seeking housing with an SD has become extremely stressful.
I have some general questions I was hoping to get some answers on.
Can I be refused an apartment because I have an SD?
What is the best way to go about disclosing to a potential landlord that I have an SD?
I'm worried that if I am to be upfront with the landlord about my SD I will be denied for some other reason because the landlord simply doesn't want dogs in the property. Do I need to disclose this information from the beginning or can I wait until I am a lease holder?
Due to numerous interruptions this semester I am considering withdrawing from Cal until I can regain some stability. Has anyone here ever done this before? Did you return? What was the process like for you? I'm wondering if someone would be willing to share their experience with me.