Know Your IREM Code of Professional Ethics

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Article 11: Equal Opportunity by Susan J. Louie, CPM

As IREM Members and REALTORS[R], we have all sworn to uphold the code of ethics for each respective organization. One of the more interesting articles of these codes pertains to equal opportunity.

Article 11 of the IREM Code of Professional Ethics states: A MEMBER shall not deny equal employment opportunity or equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or handicap and shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity.

What exactly does that mean?

IREM Members should treat all individuals (clients, tenants, vendors, employees) in a similar, fair and non-prejudicial manner. The personal beliefs or prejudices of a member or client should have no bearing on any interactions or decisions made.

I recall a recent situation where an on-site residential manager referred to her male maintenance employees as "boys." When this behavior was brought to the on-site manager's attention, she failed to change her behavior and was ultimately terminated. Failure to quickly address this situation by an IREM Member could have resulted indisciplinary action by IREM.

There have been other instances of alleged failure of members to comply with the equal opportunity portion of IREM's Code of Ethics. …