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, March 20, 2015
The Department of Justice announced a settlement agreement between the United States, the Greenbrier Village Homeowner's Association Inc. (Greenbrier), Gassen Company Inc. (Gassen) and an individual Gassen employee to resolve a lawsuit filed on Nov. 25, 2013.
Monday, March 16, 2015
The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to recover damages from a storage company that allegedly violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act when it sold service members' personal property without obtaining the necessary court orders.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Santander Consumer USA Inc. has agreed to pay at least $9.35 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging that the motor vehicle lender violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.