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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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HUD Agrees to Settle Discrimination Complaint Against State of Maryland

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced an agreement to resolve a discrimination complaint brought by fair housing advocates against Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) challenging the fairness of the State’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program. The agreement establishes policies, incentives, and more flexible program rules that will(…)

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Justice Department Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Morgantown, West Virginia, Landlords

The Justice Department announced a settlement with the owners and former managers of more than 70 residential rental properties in the Morgantown, West Virginia area to resolve allegations that Gary Walden, while serving as the manager of these properties, sexually harassed female tenants and prospective tenants, in violation of the Fair Housing Act. Under the(…)

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HUD Approves Discrimination Agreement Between California Fair Housing Group and Marin County Landlords

HUD announced an agreement between a Northern California fair housing organization and the owners and managers of two apartment complexes in Greenbrae, California. The agreement resolves allegations the owners and their agents discriminated against a female tenant with disabilities who requires an assistance animal. The case came to HUD’s attention when the group Fair Housing Advocates(…)

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Acting U.S. Attorney Settles Civil Rights Suit Against Westchester Property Management Company And Cooperative Building For Discriminating On The Basis Of Disability

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that the United States has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit against Defendants West-Ex Associates, Inc. (“West-Ex”), and 505 Central Avenue Corp. (“505 Central Ave.”), for discriminating on the basis of disability and refusing to provide reasonable accommodations, as(…)

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Justice Department Resolves Allegations of Housing Discrimination Involving North Attleboro Apartment Complex

The Justice Department announced that it had reached a settlement agreement with J & R Associates, the owner and operator of the Royal Park Apartments, a 224-unit multi-family housing complex in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. The settlement resolves allegations that J & R Associates discriminated against tenants of South Asian descent in violation of the Fair(…)

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