In a blog post for the Alliance for Justice web site, LDF Director of the Washington, D.C. Office Leslie Proll gives historical context to the Fair Housing Act and presses its continued importance on a day the U. S. Supreme Court hears argument in a case that could jeopardize its ability to stem bias in housing:
The lawsuit raises a “disparate impact” claim under the Fair Housing Act. Essentially, this standard prohibits policies that appear neutral but unfairly exclude classes of persons in practice. It allows us to recognize and prevent harmful and inequitable policies so that everyone is treated fairly. The standard has been used to root out discriminatory policies not only in housing, but in employment, education, voting and environmental justice. As our Supreme Court amicus brief notes, “housing segregation imposes a wide array of socioeconomic harms that can only be fully eliminated through a framework that includes a disparate impact standard.”
Read the full post here.