Natiowide under fire for insurance bias -- again

August 20, 1998
A local fair-housing organization filed a federal racial discrimination complaint against Nationwide Insurance and an Akron agent yesterday for allegedly denying a black woman improved coverage on her East Akron home and withholding insurance rate information from a black homeowner.
      The Fair Housing Advocates Association filed the complaint against Nationwide and agent Bill Gearhart with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development in Chicago.
      The organization also plans to register a formal complaint with the Justice Department that contends Nationwide may have violated a 1997 agreement that prohibited using the age or market value of a home as eligibility criteria for insurance coverage.