A federal judge in Massachusetts has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from implementing a new rule that would have established a higher threshold for bringing housing discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act. The new rule would have gone into effect Monday.
Last month, on Sept. 4, HUD finalized a new rule for its implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s “disparate impact” standard. The 2013 Obama-era disparate impact rule was meant to prevent discrimination against protected classes under policies that appear neutral on their face but nonetheless have a disproportionately adverse effect on minorities or perpetuate segregation without justification, regardless of their intent.
A slew of housing and civil rights groups slammed the new rule as an attack on the Fair Housing Act. On Sept. 28, fair housing organizations Massachusetts Fair Housing Center and Housing Works Inc. filed a lawsuit against