Unanimous 7th Circuit Panel Rules in Favor of LGB Housing ProtectionsAugust 27, 2018 • 7:04 pm
Seventh Circuit Court rules that housing discrimination based on sexual orientation is already prohibited under the Fair Housing Act
“Our elders should not have to worry about being themselves in their own homes – whether that’s in a private residence or an assisted living community. The ability to be safe, secure, and authentic at home is something that matters to all of us,” said Masen Davis, CEO of Freedom for All Americans. “Today’s decision affirms that much-needed protections from housing discrimination should be available to everyone, no matter who you love. The Seventh Circuit has done the right thing by sending a message of fairness by upholding Ms. Wetzel’s right to equal and safe housing.”
The Court also rejected the argument that the facility could not be liable for actions of tenants. It ruled that there could be liability if the facility had knowledge of the harassment and was deliberately indifferent to it (and perhaps could be liable if the facility should have known about it and failed to take action within its power to correct it). The court also held that Wetzel could proceed on her claim that the facility improperly retaliated against her after she complained about the harassment and assaults.
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