Foley Hoag, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice Obtain Federal Fair Housing Act Settlement

April 24, 2017

Foley Hoag LLP, in partnership with The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, recently obtained a Fair Housing Act settlement in federal court that will provide protection against racial harassment to over 30,000 rental households on the East Coast.

The case arose out of racial harassment suffered by an African-American family at the hands of a neighboring tenant. Representing the family, Foley Hoag and the Lawyers’ Committee filed a suit in federal court, alleging that the landlord - a major East Coast-based, multi-state rental company - had failed to adequately protect the Plaintiffs from harassment.

As part of the settlement, the Defendant agreed to modify its fair housing training materials for new and current employees to address the issue of tenant-on-tenant harassment, including the duty of landlords to address such discrimination and harassment. The Defendant also agreed to pay damages to the Plaintiffs, implement a policy requiring property managers to report all allegations of tenant-on-tenant discrimination or harassment to regional management, and require management to investigate such allegations.

The settlement represents one of the first of its kind to hold a landlord responsible for remedying tenant-on-tenant racial harassment.

Foley Hoag attorneys Kristyn Bunce DeFilipp, Michael Hoven and Anthony Mirenda represented the plaintiffs in the case.

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