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.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Justice Department announced that the United States has filed a complaint against the Town of Oyster Bay in Long Island, N.Y., for violating the Fair Housing Act.
Monday, February 24, 2014
The Justice Department announced that a federal district court judge in Jackson, Miss., approved a settlement of the department's lawsuit against the original owners and developers of nine multifamily housing complexes located in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the owner and those responsible for the management of a 126-space mobile home park in Effingham, Ill., for violating the Fair Housing Act.