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.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Across Town Movers, a San Diego-based storage company, and its owner, Daniel E. Homan, have agreed to pay nearly $170,000 to resolve allegations by the Department of Justice that it unlawfully sold U.S. Navy service members' stored goods.
Monday, May 18, 2015
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the corporate owner and agent of the Gentle Manor Estates for discriminating against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The United States announced the filing of a consent order that resolves allegations that Fort Norfolk Retirement Community Inc. violated the Fair Housing Act by instituting policies that discriminated against residents with disabilities at Harbor's Edge, a continuing care retirement community in Norfolk, Virginia.