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Alabama real estate company resolves discrimination claims
(MOBILE, Ala., May 21, 2013)
-- LLB&B, a Mobile, Ala.-based real estate company, will pay $29,000 as part of a settlement to resolve allegations that one of its agents denied a home tour to a prospective buyer because he is African American, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said.
According to the homebuyer, he learned of the discrimination once the real estate agent inadvertently left a voicemail on his phone stating her belief that white neighbors would "panic" at the prospect of an African American neighbor.
It is unlawful to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability due to the Fair Housing Act. The act also prohibits refusing to show a condominium to a prospective buyer as well as making statements that discriminate because of race or color.
FULL STORY at housingwire.com
Lexington fair housing organization alleges discrimination against rental property tenants
(LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 20, 2013)
-- The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Board of Commissioners met on Thursday, May 17, at Louisville headquarters to rule on discrimination complaints for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The commission ruled to accept a conciliation agreement between the Lexington Fair Housing Council and Motobi LLC, in Parks Hill, Ky.: The Lexington Fair Housing Council alleged Motobi discriminated against it based on the protected class of disability in the area of housing. This would be a violation of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and the U.S. Fair Housing Act.
FULL STORY at surfky.com
DOJ reaches fair housing settlement with design professionals in disability lawsuit
(WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013)
-- The Justice Department today announced a settlement with the architects and civil engineers involved in the design and construction of multifamily housing complexes located in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. The department’s lawsuit alleges that nine multifamily housing complexes with more than 800 units covered by the Fair Housing Act’s accessibility requirements were designed and built without required accessible features. No settlement has been reached with the developer, builder or former owners of these properties, who are alleged to have violated not only the Fair Housing Act, but also the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Under the settlement, which was approved today by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi yesterday evening, nine architects and civil engineers will pay a total of $865,000 to make the complexes for which they were responsible accessible to persons with disabilities. They will also pay $60,000 to compensate aggrieved persons harmed by the inaccessible housing alleged in the government’s lawsuit. The settlement requires these defendants to undergo training on the Fair Housing Act and to provide periodic reports to the government.
FULL STORY at justice.gov
GayRealEstate.com reports a majority of states still allow housing discrimination against gays
(WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013)
-- According to a recently published report, most states have failed to protect the rights of the LGBT community when it comes to housing.
The National Fair Housing Alliance has recently addressed this matter in a report available at: http://www.nationalfairhousing.org/Portals/33/2013_Fair_Housing_Trends_Report.PDF.
This report was released on April 11, 2013 and is meant to educate and enlighten the community at large about the huge problem with housing discrimination against the LGBT community.
FULL STORY at prweb.com
Guide dog dispute sparks complaint against mission
(NEW CASTLE, Pa., May 15, 2013)
-- he City Rescue Mission has been charged with violating the federal Fair Housing Act over a guide dog.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development filed the complaint against the mission Monday, arguing a member of its staff had violated federal rules by refusing to let a blind homeless man stay at its shelter with his guide dog.
According to HUD, the charge followed an investigation into an incident that occurred in December 2011, where the man requested shelter and was told the mission had no accommodation for his service dog. Instead, alternative shelters were suggested.
The man, whom HUD did not identify in information released to the media, then went to Lawrence County Community Action Partnership for assistance. A representative of that organization contacted the mission on the man’s behalf, HUD said. The complaint says mission representatives reiterated the guide dog could not be admitted, but the man would be allowed to stay there without the dog.