November 12, 2020
Morgan Williams, general counsel for the National Fair Housing Alliance, one of the groups that filed the suit against Redfin, said companies will have to be extra cautious about discrimination as technology takes over more work in real estate. Read more here.
November 10, 2020
Real estate services company Redfin Corporation has been accused by several housing groups, including the National Fair Housing Alliance, of perpetuating the problem with a form of modern-day “digital redlining.” The groups filed a lawsuit that accused Redfin of offering its services in several cities, including Baltimore, to white neighborhoods at much higher rates than neighborhoods mostly made up of residents of color. This was enabled by a policy that set minimum listing prices for housing markets, under which the company would not offer any real estate brokerage services to buyers or sellers.
Guess which neighborhoods fall below those requirements? In Baltimore, the company was 5.73 times more likely not to offer service in “extremely nonwhite ZIP codes” and 6.7 times more likely to offer its best services in “extremely white” ZIP codes, according to the complaint. Click here to read the full article.
November 9, 2020
In the Midwest, which has the highest homeownership rates, that dream is more attainable, according to the National Association of Realtors. But it wasn’t always accessible to everyone.
A reader reached out to curiousKC, asking about how real estate advertisements were once handled in local newspapers. Read the full article here.
Systemic Racism 201: The Advantages Whites Have Felt Entitled to for Generations (Milwaukee Independent)
November 9, 2020
Most conversations about systemic racism center the stories of the harms to people of color while ignoring that White people benefit tremendously from it. This is a tough pill to swallow. Few people are willing to go down the proverbial rabbit hole Morpheus spoke allegorically about in that scene from the Matrix.
It is time we explore systemic racism from that vantage point. Imagine looking at a 1,000-piece puzzle on your table and realizing the box cover is blank. Where do you begin? This is how I explain to people the hidden side of systemic racism. You don’t know what you don’t know. Read more here.
N.J. landlord has been accused of sexual harassment by the feds and 4 tenants. He has not been criminally charged. (NJ.com)
November 8, 2020
In 2018, the DOJ created a Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative to raise awareness of an issue that experts say has been prevalent in housing, specifically for low-income renters, for decades.
The agency filed five lawsuits in 2019 similar to the one filed against Centanni, alleging landlords sexually harassed their tenants. The National Fair Housing Alliance said in their annual report that their organization has seen a steady increase of sexual harassment complaints in recent years.
But experts believe the issue may be more widespread than is being acknowledged.
According to the National Fair Housing Alliance’s 2020 trends report, “most victims of sexual harassment in housing choose not to report their experiences” primarily because “sexual harassment is usually perpetrated on persons in precarious housing situations, who have few or no options.”
“It’s a symptom of housing instability,” said Morgan Williams, general counsel for the National Fair Housing Alliance. Access the full story here.
Redfin beats Q3 estimates but stock dips; CEO says company’s tech is a ‘passport to a new life’ (GeekWire)
November 5, 2020
Redfin is facing allegations of discriminatory pricing practices and “redlining” in a lawsuit filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and other fair housing organizations. The NFHA, which filed a lawsuit last week, said that after a two-year investigation it determined that Redfin’s minimum home price policy discriminates against sellers and buyers of homes in communities of color in many metropolitan areas. Click here to read the full article.
EPA employees launch a revolt against Trump’s racist policies just hours before polls open (LGBTQ Nation)
November 3, 2020
On the eve of Election Day, staffers from the Environmental Protection Agency revolted against Donald Trump’s recent ban on diversity and anti-racism training in government agencies. The LGBTQ advocacy group Lambda Legal also filed a federal lawsuit against Trump’s ban on Election Day. Click here to read more.
November 3, 2020
LGBTQ rights groups are suing the Trump administration over an executive order banning the government from working with contractors that conduct workplace diversity training.
On Monday, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of eight plaintiffs over Trump’s controversial order on “combating race and sex stereotyping.”
The executive order, signed on Sept. 22, targets what the administration describes as a “destructive ideology [which] is grounded in misrepresentations of our country’s history and its role in the world,” and that “threatens to infect core institutions of our country.”
It prohibits federal contractors from explicitly acknowledging and confronting the existence of structural racism and sexism in our society. Click here to read more.
November 3, 2020
LGBT advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate President Donald Trump’s September executive order banning the government from working with contractors that conduct “any form of race or sex stereotyping,” including diversity training. Click here to read more.
NAACP Lays Down First Challenge to Executive Order 13950 Prohibiting Inclusion of “Divisive” Concepts In Workplace Training Programs (The National Law Review)
November 3, 2020
The first legal challenge to Executive Order 13950 (the “Order”) has been made. On October 29, 2020, the NAACP, representing the National Urban League, and the National Fair Housing Alliance, filed a civil rights class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Case No. 1:20-cv-03121), requesting injunctive and declaratory relief against the President of the United States, the U.S. Secretary of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor. Specifically, the lawsuit seeks for the Court to strike down the Order, declaring it unlawful and invalid, arguing it violates inter alia the First Amendment protection of free speech and the Fifth Amendment equal protection clause. Click here to read more.