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Schneiderman joins other AGs to tout fair housing act

US Supreme Court amicus brief to cover housing rules, racial discrimination
December 24, 2014 10:30AM

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and attorneys general from 16 other states plan to request today that the U.S. Supreme Court uphold longstanding interpretations of the U.S. Fair Housing Act related to racial discrimination.

Schneiderman and the others will appear in an amicus brief before the court to discuss the “disparate impact” claims to housing policies that usually directly impact racial minorities.

“The United States Congress passed the Fair Housing Act specifically to bring an end to residential segregation in America. Despite the progress we have made over the past several decades, we continue to see significant racial segregation in housing today. For that reason, we need every tool in our arsenal to achieve the goals of integration and equal opportunity for all,” Schneiderman said in a statement obtained by Capital New York.

“The protections of the Fair Housing Act are no less important today than they were when the law was passed 46 years ago. They help us ensure access to housing for protected groups. We urge the court to reject this challenge to an important civil rights law.” [Capital NY] Mark Maurer