Fair Housing Act standard faces Supreme Court challenge

09/9/2013 | USA Today

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case on whether minorities must prove intentional discrimination or whether showing "disparate impact," the current standard in most cases, is enough to deem a housing policy illegal. Placing the burden of proof on individuals would raise the bar for proving discrimination, because "people don't leave memos that contain obvious smoking guns in this day and age," said Olga Pomar of South Jersey Legal Services, which is representing the residents in the case in dispute.

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