Housing Discrimination

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HUD expands fair housing liability to include LEP discrimination

Last week, HUD issued new guidance confirming that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). LEP includes a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English. ...more

HUD Expands Fair Housing Protections

People with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) under new guidance announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Housing providers can face liability for...more

New Fair Housing Rule Extends Liability to Housing Providers for Harassment

This week, HUD issued a final rule that creates liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) for housing providers for occurrences of “quid pro quo harassment” or “hostile environment harassment.” The new rule takes effect on...more

HUD Finalizes New Fair Housing Rule for Quid Pro Quo, Hostile Environment Harassment

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a final rule that creates liability for housing providers for occurrences of "quid pro quo harassment" or "hostile environment harassment." The new rule,...more

Northern Texas District Court Dismisses Fair Housing Disparate Impact Claim

A federal court in Texas recently dismissed a housing discrimination claim that was based on alleged disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the latest in a series of decisions applying landmark U.S. Supreme Court...more

Do Your Housing Policies Expose You to Liability?

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing rental or conditions based upon protected classes, such as race, sex, religion, and, importantly, familial status. In assessing whether a housing provider...more

HUD Releases Guidance on Criminal Background Checks by Housing Providers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on April 4, 2016, issued guidance addressing Fair Housing Act liability regarding the use of criminal background checks or screenings in housing determinations....more

HUD Releases Guidance on Fair Housing and Criminal Screening in Private Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance on April 4, 2016, on the use of criminal conviction records by housing providers in screening applicants. The guidance advises housing providers...more

HUD Determines That Blanket Bans of Ex-Offenders is Illegal Under the Fair Housing Act

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued guidance on its interpretation of how the Fair Housing Act applies to housing providers’ policies that ban residents with criminal records....more

HUD publishes state tool for AFFH

Last week, HUD is scheduled to publish its proposed tool for affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) for use by states and insular areas as they implement the new AFFH rule. Public comment is solicited for 60 days....more

Transgender Individuals to Gain Protection under New York State Law

On October 22, 2015, at the Pride Agenda Dinner, Governor Cuomo announced that he plans to extend protections against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations to transgender individuals. The New York...more

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Disparate-Impact Claims Under Fair Housing Act

In a recent holding, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) may be premised on "disparate impact," meaning that a plaintiff may challenge a practice even if it was not...more

Eleventh Circuit Further Widens the Reach of the Fair Housing Act

The city of Miami brought an action against multiple lenders claiming their practices were discriminatory and in violation of the FHA, resulting in a disproportionate and excessive number of defaults and subsequent...more

Not-So-Sudden Impact: Insurers Face A New Breed Of Claim Under the Fair Housing Act (Part 2 of 3)

This is the second article of a three-part series about two recent decisions by federal courts in Connecticut and California: Viens v. America Empire Surplus Lines Ins. Co., No. 3:14cv952 (D. Conn. June 23, 2015), and Jones...more

Not-So-Sudden Impact: Insurers Face A New Breed Of Claim Under the Fair Housing Act (Part 1 of 3)

Late in June, in Texas Dept. of Housing v. Inclusive Communities, No. 13–1371 (U.S. June 25, 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court ended years of debate by embracing a “disparate impact” claim against a housing authority under the...more

A Boost for Affordable Housing Developers

In the last month, both the Supreme Court and the Federal Government have taken affirmative steps to combat housing discrimination, which may remove certain obstacles affordable housing developers have previously faced with...more

Urgent Update: After Supreme Court Ruling, Expect Greater CFPB Scrutiny of Disparate Impact in Lending

The U.S. Supreme Court’s surprising disparate-impact ruling on June 25, 2015 regarding tax-credit allotments and discrimination means lenders need to take a hard look at their policies and operations. The Court ruled 5-4...more

Religious Institutions: June 2015

Religious institutions commonly make payments to or receive payments directly or indirectly from governmental agencies for services rendered; e.g., day cares that benefit from public scholarships, hospitals that participate...more

Court Denies Motion for Proportionality, Suggests Other Methods to Save Time and Money (Nebraska)

United States v. Univ. of Nebraska at Kearney, 2014 WL 4215381 (D. Neb. Aug. 25, 2014). In this housing discrimination case, the plaintiff sought an expanded scope of discovery through a motion to compel. The plaintiff...more

Inclusionary Housing Units Must Be Counted Toward State Density Bonus Requirements in California - Appellate Court Issues Ruling...

A California appellate court recently held that cities and counties must count affordable housing units developed pursuant to local inclusionary requirements toward satisfying density bonus standards set forth in state law. ...more

N.Y. Legislature Introduces Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

The N.Y. State Senate and Assembly recently introduced “competing” bills both targeting increased employment protections for victims of domestic violence. The bills each provide various measures of job security for employees...more

HUD's Final Rule on Fair Housing Act Liability Explained in New Dechert OnPoint

February has certainly been a big month for federal agencies to issue long-awaited final rules. The latest agency to throw its hat into the ring is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which recently codified...more

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