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United States filed A Complaint in United States v. Prashad, Alleging A Pattern And Practice Of Sexual Harassment

On September 9, 2019, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Prashad (D. Mass.), alleging a pattern or practice of sexual harassment in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The complaint alleges that Prashad sexually harassed female tenants of rental properties he owned, either individually or through LLCs.  Prashad’s alleged conduct includes making unwelcome sexual advances(…)

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Department of Justice Complaint Filed Alleging Disability Discrimination for Refusal to Grant a Reasonable Accommodation for an Emotional Support Animal

On August 2, 2019, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Dally (D. Minn.), alleging that the owners and operators of a four-unit rental property in Ottertail, Minnesota, discriminated on the basis of disability by refusing to make an exception to their no pets rule to allow the complainants daughter to live(…)

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HUD Approves Settlement Between California Reinvestment Coalition and CIT Bank dba OneWest Bank Resolving Allegations of Discriminatory Redlining

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced July 29, 2019, that it has approved a Conciliation Agreement between the California Reinvestment Coalition and CIT Group, Inc., and CIT Bank, N.A., dba OneWest Bank, resolving allegations that the bank engaged in lending discrimination by “redlining” in the Los Angeles region. Read the agreement.(…)

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Proposed Changes to HUD Disparate Impact Rule Would Create New Burden-Shifting Framework to Reflect Inclusive Communities

An article from the National Law Review states: “The Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to soon release proposed revisions to its 2013 rule under which HUD or a private plaintiff can establish liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) for discriminatory practices based on disparate impact even if there is no discriminatory(…)

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HUD CHARGES TEXAS LANDLORDS WITH RACE DISCRIMINATION

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced July 10, 2019, that it is charging Plano, Texas, landlords Quang Dangtran and his wife, Ha Nguyen, with violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to lease a room to a prospective tenant because she is black. Read HUD’s charge. The Fair Housing Act makes it(…)

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The United States filed a complaint in United States v. Nelson (S.D. Cal.), alleging a pattern or practice of sexual harassment in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

On June 11, 2019, the United States filed a complaint in United States v. Nelson (S.D. Cal.), alleging a pattern or practice of sexual harassment in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  The complaint alleges that Nelson, who owns and manages at least two four-unit rental properties in the San Diego, California area, engaged in a pattern or practice(…)

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HUD Kicks off Fair Housing Month- Launches Anti-Sexual Harassment and Training Initiative

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched a special campaign and training initiative to help protect people from harassment by landlords, property managers, and maintenance workers in HUD-assisted housing. “The Call HUD: Because Sexual Harassment in Housing is Illegal” campaign will increase the Department’s efforts to educate the public about what behaviors(…)

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HUD Announces Agreement With California Housing Providers Resolving Allegations of Discrimination Against Family

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has approved a Conciliation Agreement with a Modesto, California, rental property owner and his management company, Tri-Tal Realty, resolving allegations that they refused to rent a unit to a couple because they have three children. Read the agreement. The Fair Housing Act makes(…)

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Justice Department Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against New London Landlords

The Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have filed a lawsuit in the District of Connecticut alleging that female tenants and applicants of residential rental properties in and around New London, Connecticut, were subjected to sexual harassment, coercion, intimidation and threats, in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit alleges that from(…)

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Federal Court Holds Tenant-Screening Services must Comply with Fair Housing Act

In a landmark civil rights decision, the Connecticut federal District Court established for the first time that consumer reporting agencies must comply with the Fair Housing Act when conducting tenant-screening services for landlords. The decision in Connecticut Fair Housing Center et al. v. CoreLogic Rental Property Solutions, LLC, which the Center filed with the National(…)

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