Supreme Court Says Plaintiffs Can Challenge ‘Unconscious Prejudices’ In Fair Housing Case

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of a decades-old legal tool used to combat housing segregation.
News Story (NATIONAL, Texas)

Catherine Dunn
International Business Times (IB Times)
June 25, 2015
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Tags: Housing: Discrimination, Housing: Landlord-Tenant, Minorities: Racial/Ethnic, U.S. Supreme Court

Organizations mentioned/involved: Impact Center for Public Interest Law (NY)


In a 5-4 decision, the court handed a win to civil rights advocates who say the tool is essential for advancing economic opportunity. The ruling delivers a blow to banks that argue the legal standard makes credit costlier, and harder to get.

“I do believe a decision going the other way would have essentially rendered housing discrimination laws meaningless,” says Andrew Scherer, a former civil legal aid attorney, who is now policy director at the Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School.

“I have to say, I’m relieved,” Scherer adds.