Justice Department Resolves Allegations of Fair Housing Act Violation in Florida with Multimillion-Dollar Settlement for Discrimination Against Families with Children

Justice Department Resolves Allegations of Fair Housing Act Violation in Florida with Multimillion-Dollar Settlement for Discrimination Against Families with Children

Alleged Violations and Lawsuit

The Justice Department announced settlements with three housing corporations in Hallandale Beach, Florida—Isle of Paradise “B” Inc., Isle of Paradise “C” Inc., and Isle of Paradise “E” Inc.

The lawsuit alleged that these entities had policies restricting children under 12 from residing on their properties, specifically the Monticello, Georgetown, and Williamsburg buildings on Paradise Isle since 2015.

Fair Housing Act Enforcement

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke emphasized that the Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on familial status and vowed the Justice Department’s commitment to rectify unfair practices that exclude families.

Settlement Details and Compensation

The settlements, approved by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, require the defendants to pay a total of $52,000.

This sum includes compensation of $39,000 to individuals affected by the alleged discriminatory practices and civil penalties for the public interest.

The defendants also agreed to fair housing training and regular reporting to the Justice Department.

Origin of Lawsuit and Investigations

The Justice Department initiated the lawsuit after receiving complaints from a woman and her real estate agent, stating that she was denied housing due to having a child under 12.

The department’s claims were supported by evidence from its Fair Housing Testing Unit, which investigates potential discriminatory practices.

Reporting Discrimination and FHA Information

Individuals who suspect discrimination at these properties due to familial status are encouraged to contact the Justice Department via email or phone.

The FHA prohibits various forms of discrimination in housing, including familial status, and individuals can report housing discrimination to the Justice Department or HUD through multiple channels provided.

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