I said self-employed, not unemployed.
Had an interesting thing happen this week. I've been apartment hunting and had narrowed it down to two places, but was leaning heavily toward a hundred-unit warehouse in downtown St. Paul. The leasing agent and I had been working very closely together, emails, phone calls, planned to finalize everything by Wednesday. She sent an application form, but none of it applied to me. I haven't rented since I was nineteen, don't have an employer or bi-weekly income. I emailed back and told her I was a self-employed writer and wondered what kind of paperwork I could supply as a substitute. Didn't hear back. Emailed two days later. Nothing. Phone calls weren't returned, so I ended up going with the other apartment I was also considering. It really was a coin toss, because I liked them both a lot, and they were the same price.
So anyway, I did finally get a email from the downtown apts and she apologized for not getting back to me sooner. So it ended up not being a case of descrimination against a self-employed artist as I'd first suspected. Or at least I don't think so. Can't be sure since the follow up came so late.
It's hard to be self-employed in this country no matter what kind of work you do. We even get punished for it at tax time.
Anyway, the whole event made me wonder if any writers have any interesting tales of descrimination to share.