Items Tagged with 'Housing discrimination'

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  • HUD proposes changes to fair housing rules

    Rule changes would make it more difficult to prove housing discrimination
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday proposed making changes to the nation’s fair housing rules, a move that fair housing advocates claim is part of a Trump administration effort to “gut” federal protections against housing discrimination. The changes to the disparate impact rule will likely make it more difficult to prove unintentional housing discrimination. Click the headline for the full story.
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  • HUD floating proposal that would limit Fair Housing claims

    Rule changes would make it harder to prosecute lenders for housing discrimination
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development is floating a proposal that would make it harder to prosecute lenders for alleged incidents of housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. The updated guidelines revise the current loose, three-step threshold for Fair Housing violations and impose a specific, five-step approach that would require regulators to prove intentional discrimination on the lender’s behalf.
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  • OneWest Bank to cough up cash over racial bias allegations during Mnuchin's reign

    HUD approves bank's deal to settle allegations of redlining in Southern California
    OneWest Bank is finally able to put two-year-old allegations of housing discrimination to rest as the Department of Housing and Urban Development approved a settlement Monday that will see the bank hand over a chunk of change to end the ordeal. This settles allegations of Fair Housing Violations that allegedly took place when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was chairman of the Southern California bank.
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  • Facebook to pay massive fines in settlement with FTC, SEC

    Social media giant will cough up serious change for Cambridge Analytica debacle
    It’s been a rough year for Facebook as the world’s largest social media platform has been forced to answer for its beach of its users’ privacy by allowing Cambridge Analytica to access personal information without consent. On Wednesday, the company was slapped with two separate fines for the debacle, agreeing to massive payouts to the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities Exchange Commission to make amends.
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  • Housing discrimination lawsuit against Bank of America gets green light

    Judge denies motion to dismiss
    A federal judge in Maryland denied a motion Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit brought against Bank of America and Safeguard Properties Management by the National Fair Housing Alliance, 19 fair housing organizations and two homeowners for alleged fair housing violations. According to the judge, the facts presented allow for a “reasonable inference that the defendants violated anti-discrimination provisions of the Fair Housing Act.”
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  • New York investigating whether Facebook allows housing discrimination

    Cuomo asks NYDFS to investigate social media giant's ad platform
    Facebook is already facing charges from HUD that it enabled real estate companies to unlawfully discriminate against users by choosing who could view ads based on race, nationality, religion, color, familial status, sex and disability, but that’s not the only trouble the site is facing. The New York Department of Financial Services is now investigating Facebook as well.
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  • HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination over targeted ads

    Alleges social media giant enabled advertisers to discriminate based on protected traits
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday that it has charged Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act by enabling advertisers to choose who could view their ads on the social media site. According to HUD, Facebook enabled real estate companies to unlawfully discriminate against users by choosing who could view their ads based on race, nationality, religion, color, familial status, sex and disability, using machine learning to unfairly classify users.
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  • Facebook making massive changes to ad platform after being accused of enabling housing discrimination

    Fair housing groups spur changes to housing, employment, lending ads
    Facebook is making significant changes to its advertising platform after the social media monolith was accused of enabling discrimination in housing, employment, and lending. The changes come after years of scrutiny into Facebook's ad practices, which appeared to allow advertisers to purposefully exclude certain people from seeing housing, employment, or lending ads.
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  • HUD accuses Wisconsin, Ohio landlords of rental discrimination

    Charged with discriminating against resident with disabilities, family with children
    HUD accused several landlords of discriminating against people with disabilities and families with children, both of which are violations of the Fair Housing Act. The first of the allegations is against the owners of a three-bedroom duplex in Wisconsin for allegedly refusing to rent to a family because they have children. In a separate case, HUD charged Ohio landlords with discrimination for refusing the request of a resident with disabilities to have a designated parking space.
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