The Fair Housing Act (FHA) was adopted in 1968 to prevent discrimination based on race, color, religion and national origin. It was later amended to add additional protected classes, including those preventing discrimination based on sex and those adding handicap (disability) and familial status as protected classes. In addition to federal law, some state laws and local ordinances provide various other protections based on categories such as source of income, marital status, sexual orientation, occupation, age and criminal history.
To many, the law seems simple enough: don’t discriminate. But, each situation is fact-intensive and requires an individualized review of the circumstances. Our clients, including apartment owners and management companies as well as professional management employees, rely on our trusted team of advisers to help them navigate the federal, state and local laws and protections to ensure they remain in compliance.
Avoidance of housing discrimination complaints is at the core of our practice. Our team—backed by the resources of Fox Rothschild’s national network of offices—is at the ready to assist our clients in litigation prevention. When this proves unavoidable, our experience defending clients in regulatory compliance matters before the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in addition to many state, city and county agencies is the experience our clients need and trust.