Cases and Settlements

Estate of California Landlord to Pay $155K to Settle Sexual Harassment Case

March 17, 2020    

A settlement has been reached in a fair housing case involving a young mother who claimed that her landlord subjected her to requests for sex and other inappropriate conduct over several years, reports The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

Philly HOA Accused of Discrimination Based on Its Animal Policy

March 17, 2020    

The Justice Department is suing a Philadelphia condo association for allegedly violating fair housing law by discriminating against persons with disabilities who need assistance animals, including emotional support and service animals.

Developer and Franchisor of 32 Ohio Properties Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

March 17, 2020    

An Ohio developer and a franchisor of multifamily properties have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that they violated the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) by designing and constructing 32 condominium communities in Ohio with steps and other features that made them inaccessible to...

HOA to Pay $50K to Settle Dispute over Emotional Support Animal

February 19, 2020    

A Colorado homeowners association recently agreed to pay $50,000 to resolve allegations of disability discrimination involving a resident’s request for an assistance animal, according to the Justice Department.

Kansas Property Owners, Manager Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

January 22, 2020    

The Justice Department recently announced that the owners and the manager of rental properties in Kansas will pay $160,000 in damages and penalties to resolve a Fair Housing Act lawsuit for sexual harassment.

The lawsuit was filed against the owners, a married couple, alleging that the...

California Landlords Accused of Denying Request to Install Grab Bars

January 22, 2020    

The owners and operators of an assisted senior housing community in California recently agreed to settle a HUD complaint alleging that they violated the Fair Housing Act and other laws when they refused to install grab bars in the showers of elderly tenants with disabilities and subsequently...

DOJ: Local Crime-Free Rental Ordinance Discriminates Against Black and Latino Renters

December 18, 2019    

In December 2019, the Justice Department announced it has filed a lawsuit alleging that the City of Hesperia, Calif., and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department discriminated against African-American and Latino renters in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Does Massachusetts’ Lead Paint Law Discriminate Against Families with Children?

December 18, 2019    

The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center (MFHC) and two families with children recently filed a complaint to stop state officials from enforcing what they say are the discriminatory provisions of the Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Act (Lead Law) and to replace them...

LA Landlords Settle Disability Discrimination Claims Involving Assistance Animals

December 18, 2019    

HUD recently announced that it has approved a settlement with housing providers in the greater Los Angeles area, resolving allegations that they refused to allow residents with disabilities to keep assistance animals.

Texas Developer Settles Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Case

December 18, 2019    

A multifamily housing developer and a site engineer have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that they built an eight-building addition and associated rental office at an apartment complex in Galveston, Texas, which were inaccessible to individuals with disabilities.

PHA Pays $1.5M to Resolve Disability Discrimination Claims

November 18, 2019    

The Justice Department and HUD recently announced that the Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport, Conn. (HACB) has agreed to a $1.5 million settlement to resolve allegations that HACB discriminated against persons with disabilities by failing to provide accessible units and ignoring their...

Landlord Accused of Illegally Terminating Resident’s Lease for ‘Medical’ Reasons

November 18, 2019    

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently announced that it has reached a $50,000 settlement in a housing disability discrimination case with a Modesto apartment complex owner and its property manager. The case involved a resident who claimed that her lease was...