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Archive of: Discrimination

HUD Issues New Rule On "Discriminatory Effect" a.k.a Disparate Impact

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in AASEW, Fair Housing / Discrimination, Legislation, Protected Classes, Screening Tenants / Comments

HUD has issued a new Fair Housing “disparate impact” rule that may cause problems for landlords during the screening process.  The new rule creates a new provision entitled “Prohibiting Discriminatory Effects” which defines “discriminatory effect” as situations in which a facially neutral (i.e. not discriminatory) housing practice can become discriminatory if it actually or predictably has an effect on a group of persons that are members of a protected ...

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Largest Settlement of State Fair Housing Claim Occurs in Arizona

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Fair Housing / Discrimination / Comments

A 2007 Fair Housing complaint filed by two Arizona tenants alleging that their apartment managers discriminated against them based on their race, nationality and religion, has resulted in the largest state Fair Housing claim to date.In 2007, Soha Abdelrahman and her husband Hany Obrahim filed a lawsuit against their Tempe, Arizona apartment managers claiming discrimination based upon their Arabic race, Egyption nationality and Muslim religion.  The defendant in the ...

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Housing Discrimination: What Actions Are Covered?

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Fair Housing / Discrimination, Protected Classes / Comments

There are federal, state and municipal laws that make discrimination in the area of housing illegal.  The breadth of fair housing laws is vast and landlords should educate themselves on just what actions may be discriminatory before they get themselves into trouble.I have previously blogged about what the various protected classes are but this post will focus on what actions may be considered to be discriminatory if they are solely ...

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