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Fair housing groups worry ruling erodes bias argument

Fair housing groups 21 months ago hailed a rule finalized by the federal government that was intended to clarify federal fair housing protections that have been in place for more than 45 years.

Now, those same groups worry that the codification of the Fair Housing Act that they cheered in February 2013 is getting chipped away at, and possibly struck down entirely. The “disparate impact” rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development said a practice can have a discriminatory effect — even if one wasn’t intended — when “it actually or predictably results in a disparate impact on a group of persons or creates, increases, reinforces or perpetuates segregated housing patterns because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin…” Please click here to read Mary Ellen Podmolik’s story in the Tribune.

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