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Justice Department Obtains Settlement of Case Alleging Disability-Based Discrimination in Housing

The Justice Department recently announced that it has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit against the owners, builder, and designer of the Ashlynn Estates, a three-building dormitory-style property near Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Keith and Tamra Riexinger own the property, and Riexinger Enterprises Inc. (also known as Crossroads Construction) designed and built it.(…)

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Justice Department Filed Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owners and Managers of New York Rental Properties

The Justice Department recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that Douglas S. Waterbury, a residential property owner and landlord in the Oswego, New York, area subjected female tenants and potential tenants to egregious sexual harassment in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  Along with Douglas Waterbury, the Department’s complaint names his wife(…)

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Facebook Sued by Civil Rights Groups for Discrimination in Online Housing Advertisements

March 27, 2018, New York City – Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (“NFHA”) and three of its member organizations filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. in federal court in New York City, alleging that Facebook’s advertising platform enables landlords and real estate brokers to exclude families with children, women, and other protected classes of people from receiving housing ads.(…)

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Justice Department Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owners of Cincinnati Rental Properties

The Justice Department recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit against John and Susan Klosterman alleging that female tenants in the Klostermans’ residential rental properties in Cincinnati, Ohio, were subjected to sexual harassment, coercion, intimidation, and threats in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. Each of the defendants owns or manages properties where(…)

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Justice Department Obtains $625,000 Settlement Of Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Two St. Louis Landlords

The Justice Department announced a settlement with two St. Louis landlords, Hezekiah and Jameseva Webb, to resolve a lawsuit alleging that they violated the Fair Housing Act by subjecting fifteen female tenants in their rental properties to sexual harassment over the course of two decades. The lawsuit arose from a complaint filed by a former(…)

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HUD and City of Houston Reach Fair Housing Agreement

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Houston announced a joint agreement designed to expand housing choice and mobility for lower income residents, including those experiencing homelessness and victims of Hurricane Harvey. The agreement requires the City of Houston to adopt multifamily priorities and a policy for objectively evaluating(…)

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HUD Announces Agreement with California Housing Authorities Resolving Disability Discrimination Claims

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it has reached a Conciliation/Voluntary Compliance Agreement with the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa (HACCC) and the Vallejo Housing Authority (VHA), both located in California, resolving allegations that they violated the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act(…)

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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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Free Training Opportunity!

Please feel free to join us along with Fair Housing Accessibility First for a Design & Construction training on April 4, 2018, from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm.  The event will be held at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the event.  Hope to see(…)

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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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