‘Unintentional’ Housing Discrimination Ruled Illegal

2015

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a long-standing precedent in housing cases that claims of racial discrimination shouldn’t be limited by the question of intent. Policies and practices that have the effect of disproportionately harming minorities are illegal, even if the victims can’t provide that intentional discrimination occurred, the Court says. In the 5-4 ruling, the justices reaffirm the principle, which has guided federal enforcement of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, as essential to making the country an integrated society. The case is Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project.