Man takes first step to forcing vote on recent changes in city's rights law

March 12, 1998
A Fort Collins man who describes himself as a "constitutional conservative'' has taken the first step in forcing a vote of the people on the city's controversial gay-rights ordinance. The ordinance, passed by the Ft. Collins City Council on March 3, prohibits, among other things, housing and employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

HUD tells Biloxi housing authority to make $25 million in repairs

March 12, 1998
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has ordered the Biloxi, Miss., Housing Authority to make $25 million in repairs to its public housing. Officials in charge of the authority say the demands are impossible to meet without more financial help from HUD, and they want HUD to take control of the authority. The Biloxi authority is part of the Region VIII Housing Authority, which is already under HUD investigation for allegedly segregating tenants by race.

California agency reaches $101,000 settlement with mobile home park

March 09, 1998
Project Sentinel, a Palo Alto-based fair housing agency, has reached a $101,000 settlement of a federal court lawsuit alleging that the managers and owner of El Granada Mobile Home Park in Moss Beach violated federal and state civil rights laws by discriminating against Hispanic residents and Hispanic prospective residents.

Group homes organization sues Raleigh over zoning restrictions

March 05, 1998
Oxford House, Inc., a Washington, D.C. non-profit organization, has filed suit against the city of Raleigh, N.C., for enforcing its zoning restrictions against a group home for people recovering from substance abuse. The zoning regulation requires that group homes with more than four unrelated residents be located more than 1,125 feet from the nearest group home. The Oxford House facility at issue in Raleigh has nine residents and is 360 feet away from an older group home for people with mental disabilities.

Fort Worth lenders agree to new programs to settle HUD complaint

March 05, 1998
Three lenders in Fort Worth have agreed to make $1.369 billion in home mortgage loans and spend $6 million on a broad range of programs to increase homeownership by low-and moderate-income families and minorities over the next three years. The lenders agreed to the initiatives to settle a HUD complaint filed by the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission.

High court rules same-sex harassment violates employment law

March 04, 1998
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that sexual harassment in the workplace can violate Title VII, the federal law that prohibits employment discrimination, even if it occurs among members of the same sex. The harassment, whether same-sex or opposite-sex, must be the product of sex-based discrimination to be prohibited by federal law. In other words, the victim must have been treated in a way that a member of the opposite sex would not have been treated.

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