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Justice Department Files Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport

The U.S. Department of Justice recently filed a lawsuit against the Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport (HACB), doing business as Park City Communities.  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, alleges that HACB discriminated against persons with disabilities in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act,(…)

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HUD Charges Kansas Property Owners with Housing Discrimination After Alleged Sexual Harassment of Two Female Tenants

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it is charging the owner and landlord of several rental properties in Wichita, Kansas, and his wife, who co-owned one of the properties, with housing discrimination after the landlord allegedly sexually harassed two female tenants at his properties. HUD’s charge further alleges that he also(…)

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Justice Department Sues Springfield, Illinois, for Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities

The Justice Department recently filed a lawsuit alleging that the City of Springfield, Illinois, has discriminated against persons with disabilities in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, alleges that Springfield’s zoning code treats small group homes for persons with disabilities less(…)

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HUD Charges Pennsylvania Landlords with Discrimination After Posting Online Anti-Family Classified Ad

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it is charging the owners and operators of two apartment buildings in Altoona, Pennsylvania with violating the Fair Housing Act by posting online classified ads that discriminate against families with children. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against families with(…)

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HUD Reaches Fair Housing Agreement with Bay Area Landlord and Manager, Settling Disability Discrimination Complaints

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it reached a Conciliation Agreement with the owner and property manager of Shadowbrook Gardens Senior Townhomes in Morgan Hill, California, a city in Santa Clara County, resolving allegations that they discriminated against a resident with disabilities. Read the Conciliation Agreement. The Fair Housing Act prohibits(…)

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Justice Department Reaches Settlement Agreement with Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority

On September 29, 2017, the United States executed a settlement agreement resolving United States v. Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority (D. Kan.). The complaint, filed on October 26, 2015, and amended on September 22, 2016, alleged that three Housing Authority employees engaged in a pattern or practice of sexually harassing female housing applicants and residents, and that some incidents of sexual(…)

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Justice Department Announces Initiative to Combat Sexual Harassment in Housing

The Justice Department recently announced a new initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing.  The initiative specifically seeks to increase the Department’s efforts to protect women from harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, security guards, and other employees and representatives of rental property owners.  As part of the initiative, the Department will work to identify(…)

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Justice Department Obtains $150,000 Settlement in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owner and Manager of Michigan Rental Properties

The Justice Department recently announced that Frank D. Tjoelker, an owner and manager of rental properties in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan, will pay $150,000 to resolve allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women who have lived in or inquired about his rental properties.  Since January of this year, the Civil Rights Division has filed or(…)

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HUD Charges Minnesota Landlord with Housing Discrimination After Denying a Veteran the Right to Keep his Assistance Dog

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it is charging the owner and manager of a West St. Paul, Minn., apartment complex with discrimination for refusing to allow an Army veteran, who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, to keep an emotional support animal. The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing(…)

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