WNYC News: Housing Advocates Hope Bigger Bonuses Will Spur NYC Brokers to Work More with Low-Income Renters

Apr 19, 2022
A contingent of New York City landlords and real estate brokers are promising to give low-income renters a fairer shake, as part of the settlement of a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by the advocacy group Housing Rights Initiative (HRI). Earlier this month, HRI announced a proposed agreement w…

NPR: Apartment Building in NW D.C. Sued for Alleged Housing Discrimination

Apr 11, 2022
Another D.C. apartment building is being accused of housing discrimination after it allegedly turned away low-income applicants who hold rental assistance vouchers. In a complaint filed Monday in D.C. Superior Court, the Equal Rights Center alleges that management at the Adams View apartments in Cle…

Housing Rights Initiative and Compass Inc. Announce Cooperation Agreement in Source-of-Income Discrimination Lawsuit

Apr 06, 2022
The non-profit organization Housing Rights Initiative (“HRI”) and Compass, Inc. (“Compass”) have announced a cooperation agreement to settle HRI’s claims of source of income discrimination against Compass. The agreement will reinforce Compass’s policies and practices applicable to NYC…

Washington Post: Apartment Firms Agree to Housing Voucher Policies to Settle Bias Suit

Apr 05, 2022
Twenty-three New York City landlords and apartment brokers agreed to enact reforms to resolve a lawsuit alleging they routinely turned away prospective tenants seeking to use federal vouchers to supplement their rent. The complaint, filed in March 2021, accused 88 landlords and brokers in the city o…

Federal Court Certifies Nationwide Collective Action Alleging Workers of Strickland Waterproofing Were Underpaid

Apr 05, 2022
The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia has conditionally certified a nationwide collective action against North Carolina-based Strickland Waterproofing.  Plaintiffs allege that Strickland misclassified them as independent contractors and thus failed to properly pay th…

Law360: Apple Users Want Class Cert. In IPhone Storage False Ad Suit

Mar 16, 2022
Consumers who allege Apple falsely advertised the storage capacity of older versions of its mobile devices asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to grant them class certification, maintaining that all users were deceived and harmed by Apple's uniform promise of 16-gigabyte storage for their …

D.C. Court Orders AIMCO to Pay HFA Client Compensatory and Punitive Damages for Violating D.C. Fair Housing and Consumer Laws, and Enters Injunction Against AIMCO

Feb 20, 2022
Handley Farah & Anderson PLLC has obtained an order awarding punitive, compensatory, and statutory damages as well as injunctive relief in its case against Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO) and Rhode Island 15, LP d/b/a Latrobe Apartment Homes (Latrobe).  The Court found that AIMC…

American Council for the Blind: Court Certifies Nationwide Disability Rights Class Action Against Quest

Dec 17, 2021
The American Council of the Blind has defeated a summary judgment motion in federal court in California that sought to dismiss ACB’s claims that the self-service kiosks at Quest Diagnostics’ Patient Service Centers are inaccessible to blind patients in violation of the Americans with Disabilitie…

HFA Files Wage Theft Lawsuit against W.G. Welch, LLC and HITT Contracting Inc. on Behalf of Construction Workers

Dec 06, 2021
On December 6, 2021, Handley Farah & Anderson filed a lawsuit in Superior Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of a group of constructions workers performing work for W.G. Welch, LLC and HITT Contracting Inc.  The Plaintiffs allege that their employers failed to properly compensate them…

Law360: Pilgrim's Reaches $29M Settlement In Wage Conspiracy Suit

Jul 06, 2021
Pilgrim's Pride Corp., a subsidiary of JBS, has reached a $29 million settlement with workers who claim it conspired with other poultry companies to keep their wages low. In addition to the monetary settlement, which must be approved by a Maryland federal judge, Pilgrim's agreed to cooperate with th…

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