Q&A on the High Court's Ruling on Disparate Impact Liability

Everyone agrees that federal fair housing law covers intentional discrimination, but there were lingering questions about whether it also applies to what’s known as “disparate impact” discrimination—housing practices that appear to be neutral, but have an unfair effect on members of protected classes. In late June, the Supreme Court resolved the question once and for all by ruling that the law does indeed cover such claims.

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