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.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the owners, builders and designers of a 54-unit condominium complex in Hartville, Ohio, for violations of the Fair Housing Act.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the homeowner's association, management company and property manager of a Minnetonka, Minn., condominium complex, alleging that they discriminated against families with children.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Comprehensive Agreement Will Preserve Affordable Housing for City Residents for Next 20 Years