The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section works to protect some of the most fundamental rights of individuals, including the right to access housing free from discrimination, the right to access credit on an equal basis, the right to patronize places of business that provide public accommodations and the right to practice one’s faith free from discrimination.
The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section enforces:
The Fair Housing Act
, which prohibits discrimination in housing.
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act
, which prohibits discrimination in credit.
Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
, which prohibits discrimination in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters. The Department of Justice can bring a lawsuit under Title II when there is reason to believe that a person has engaged in a pattern or practice
of discrimination in violation of Title II. Individuals can also file suit to enforce their rights under Title II.
the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
, which prohibits local governments from adopting or enforcing land use regulations that discriminate against religious assemblies and institutions or which unjustifiably burden religious exercise.
and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
, which provides for the temporary suspension of judicial and administrative proceedings and civil protections in areas such as housing, credit and taxes for military personnel while they are on active duty.
Friday, October 17, 2014
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the owners and operators of the Twin Oaks Mobile Home Park for refusing to allow families with children to live in certain areas of the park, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.
Monday, October 6, 2014
The Justice Department announced that a Montana builder and an engineer have agreed to pay over $26,000 and remove accessibility barriers at three apartment buildings in Helena, Montana, in order to settle a lawsuit alleging that they had violated the Fair Housing Act.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Justice Department announced that a North Ridgeville, Ohio, landlord and his management company have entered into a consent decree and have agreed pay $30,000 to resolve claims that they discriminated on the basis of race.