Despite High Court Win, Hurdles Linger For FHA Bias Claims

By Jess Krochtengel (June 25, 2015, 8:34 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday gave equal rights advocates a win by holding the Fair Housing Act encompasses claims for disparate impact, not just intentional discrimination, but the justices also stepped up the hurdles plaintiffs must cross to prove a discriminatory policy should be changed, lawyers say.

The court's 5-4 ruling in favor of advocacy group The Inclusive Communities Project Inc. preserves a tool that has been used for 40 years to combat housing discrimination without explicit proof the housing provider intended to discriminate against a protected group.

But lawyers say the ruling could have the paradoxical effect of making...

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