2 Important Takeaways From 7th Circ.'s FHA Ruling

Law360 (September 19, 2018, 3:08 PM EDT) -- In Marsha Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew Living Community LLC et al., the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that landlords can be held liable under the Fair Housing Act if they know of discriminatory harassment to their tenants and do nothing to address and stop it. In addition, just as importantly, the court finally recognized that the FHA, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In this case, after the plaintiff moved into an apartment at the defendants’ senior living facility, she informed the staff and other residents that she was a lesbian....

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