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Redfin policy makes selling homes in minority neighborhoods more difficult, new lawsuit charges (The Hill)

November 2, 2020

A lawsuit filed against real estate firm Redfin alleges that the company’s minimum home price policy discriminates against those living in communities of color in many metropolitan areas. 

“Redlining, and the residential segregation it causes, represents America’s oldest racist and discriminatory real estate policy. The fact that these actions are still occurring, let alone by a major corporation, demonstrates why we need strong civil rights protections now more than ever,” said Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), in a statement. Read more here.

Housing groups sue Redfin, alleging federal discrimination violations (The Washington Post)

November 2, 2020

Several housing advocacy organizations filed a federal lawsuit against Redfin real estate brokerage firm last week, accusing the company of violating the U.S. Fair Housing Act by discriminating against communities of color.

The lawsuit was filed after a two-year investigation by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) that focused on Redfin’s minimum home price policy, which requires properties to be listed for sale at a specific minimum price that varies by market for buyers and sellers to be able to work with Redfin agents. Click here to read more.

Redfin policy makes it harder to sell homes in minority neighborhoods, lawsuit claims (New York Post)

November 2, 2020

Housing advocates have accused Redfin of “redlining” minority neighborhoods with a price policy that can make it harder for people of color to sell their homes.

Redfin will only act as a real estate broker for homes if they’re above a minimum price that varies for each housing market — meaning the company is less likely to offer its full range of services in predominantly non-white neighborhoods, according to the National Fair Housing Alliance. Read more here.

Fair housing group accuses real estate brokerage of redlining in Kansas City, other metros (Kansas City Business Journal)

November 2, 2020

The suit claims that the Seattle-based brokerage is many times more likely to not offer service in ZIP codes with large non-white populations. Read more here.

Trump diversity training order which threatens agencies’ inclusion efforts faces lawsuit (The Drum)

November 2, 2020

Civil rights organizations are taking president Donald Trump to court over a directive banning federal agencies, contractors and grant recipients from offering ‘anti-American’ diversity training. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, together with National Urban League and the National Fair Housing Alliance, argues that the executive order poses significant ramifications for business, including marketing agencies, many of whom had pledged to improve diversity in response to widespread concerns regarding discrimination in the workplace. Click here to read the full article.

Fact check: Trump’s policies for Black Americans (POLITICO)

November 1, 2020

The multipronged approach comes against a backdrop of rising housing discrimination complaints: The number of complaints increased 8 percent in 2018, according to the National Fair Housing Alliance, to the highest level since the group started tracking the data in 1995. Read the full article here.

The Pandemic Has Exacerbated Housing Instability for Renters of Color (Center for American Progress)

October 30, 2020

There has been a long history of housing insecurity for people of color in the United States due to racially targeted policies and widespread discrimination, particularly within the rental housing market. These policies and practices continue to keep people of color in poverty. Read more here.

Agencies, Contractors Suspend Diversity Training To Avoid Violating Trump Order (NPR)

October 30, 2020

Three civil rights groups filed a federal class-action lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration’s recent crackdown on diversity training.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Urban League and National Fair Housing Alliance call President Trump’s Sept. 22 executive order “chillingly punitive” censorship that violates guarantees of free speech, equal protection and due process. Click here to read more.

Trump’s Diversity Training Restrictions Draw Lawsuit, As IGs Investigate Compliance (Government Executive)

October 30, 2020

A trio of groups has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration’s efforts to restrict federal contractors and grant recipients from training their employees on issues related to diversity and inclusion, saying a recent executive order violates several clauses of the Constitution. 

That order followed a White House memorandum placing similar prohibitions on federal agencies and the subjects on which they can train their workers. At least one internal watchdog, the Defense Department’s inspector general, announced on Friday it would terminate its work ensuring its parent agency is meeting its diversity and inclusion goals and instead investigate compliance with President Trump’s order. Read more here.

Amid discrimination lawsuit, agents criticize Redfin pricing policies (Inman)

October 30, 2020

One day after Redfin was hit with a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, agents from across the U.S. have criticized the company, arguing that it should be doing more to promote fair housing.

A coalition of housing advocacy groups filed the suit against Redfin earlier this week. The suit accuses Redfin of “redlining” minority neighborhoods by denying them things like brokerage services. It also argues that Redfin has inconsistent pricing policies that actually make it easier for consumers in predominantly white areas to take advantage of the company’s offerings. Click here to read more.