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In Darby v. Heather Ridge, the court reviewed the damages received for racial discrimination. The court reduced a $200,000 compensatory damages award to $50,000, and a $250,000 punitive damages award to $50,000.

In May 1991, Darby and his wife (plaintiffs), both African American, were in the process of selling their home. They visited Heather Ridge Apartments to inquire about leasing a...

In Cook v. State of Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation, and Hospitals, the First Circuit addressed alleged violations of the Rehabilitation Act (Act). The court found that the plaintiff, who suffered from "morbid obesity," was discriminated against by a prospective employer on the basis of a "perceived disability." The court affirmed a jury verdict and...

Note: This case is not published in an official reporter and may not be cited as authority. Consult with counsel before relying on this case.

An Administrative Law Judge finds the owner of an apartment complex to be liable for the wrongful acts of his building manager, who refused to rent an apartment to a family with children out of concern that the children might hurt themselves by...

Note: This case is not published in an official reporter and may not be cited as authority. Consult with counsel before relying on this case

In the 1993 case, Baby Girl Sarah Bradley v. Lime Tree Village Community Club, the district court held that a housing development discriminated on the basis of family status and assessed a $50,000 civil penalty. The jury awarded $390,500 in...

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Get Involved

Here are some things you and your REALTOR® association can do to recognize Fair Housing Month:

  • Sponsor a local Fair Housing Month poster contest. Afterward, make association calendars out of the artwork.
  • Publish the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration and post it in your office and/or association.
  • Use the Fair Housing Proclamation and have your local government proclaim April as Fair Housing Month.
  • Display the 2017 Fair Housing Focus Poster in your office and/or association.