After publishing a rental advertisement where a landlord stated “no kids”, a newspaper owner has been charged with discrimination.
Under a settlement decree, the publisher, headquartered in Nevada, will have to adopt procedures to screen out discriminatory advertisements for housing from all the its publications that include advertisements for housing, both in print or on any associated websites.
The settlement also requires the publisher to undergo training on the requirements on the Fair Housing Act, post notices informing readers about the requirements of the FHA, make periodic reports to the government, and pay fines.
“The Fair Housing Act applies to all those who participate in the housing industry, including those who publish advertisements for dwellings,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “This settlement will help eliminate the atmosphere of intolerance created by discriminatory advertisements.”
“Families struggling to find suitable housing shouldnt have their choices limited by discriminatory advertising and unlawful practices,” stated John Trasvina, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “HUD is committed to taking swift enforcement action anytime a familys right to obtain the housing of their choice is illegally denied.”
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