Thorny Issues For Courts: Disparate Impact Under FHA

Law360, New York (December 22, 2014, 5:03 PM EST) -- For the past 50 years, Congress has sought to prevent persons of particular protected classes from being discriminated against in various aspects of their everyday lives. For instance, Congress has made it unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender or national origin. Under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), Congress made it unlawful to refuse to sell, rent or otherwise make unavailable, a dwelling to any person for the same reasons, as well as national origin, familial status or handicap.

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