WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has been dealt another major blow to their civil rights policy. This time, it protects business groups from civil rights and discrimination charges from the Fair Housing Act.
Reuters reported district judge Richard Leon emphasized the Fair Housing Act allows for direct discrimination claims and not disparate impact allegations. Meaning, the disparate impact claims are not sue-able grounds in courts under the auspices of civil rights.
Technically, the disparate impact allegations are when parties sue businesses and insurance groups for not covering losses and claims due to race or in other similar cases. Judge Leon said that the administration’s rule “appears to be nothing more than wishful thinking.”
His ruling is limited, as the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a similar case this upcoming term.